I admit the Tag Line might be a bit much, but paraphrasing Psychology Today’s description of an extreme narcissist does make me wonder. They describe the “extreme narcissist [as] the center of his own universe.” I am guessing we all can probably name a few. For this blog let me throw a hard slider away and let’s forget about them!
After watching Derek Jeter’s commercial saying goodbye to the Captain whose bidding farewell to the New York Yankees several times got me thinking. In an “All about Me” world, what is different, what is unique about those successful people everyone seems to Respect and Love? And, who did they look up to?
- Did they have a Mentor?
- Did they have someone with more experience and someone who was willing to share their knowledge and experiences?
- Did they have someone they could learn from just by observing?
- Did they have a person who helped them achieve their greatness?
Who were their Experienced and Trusted Adviser? Did they even have one? The more I researched, the more I found the answer was YES!
Let’s begin with Socrates, who said, “If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.”
According to the internet [if it is written, must be true] Plato is identified as Socrates Mentor. I don’t know if it is true or not, but certainly you can see his influence with this quote, “All things will be produced in superior quantity and quality, and with greater ease, when each man works at a single occupation, in accordance with his natural gifts, and at the right moment, without meddling with anything else.”
So, what about today’s famous; today’s wealthy people? Do they have mentors?
Again, the more I researched, the more I found the answer is YES!
Although they have had some disagreements, it should be no surprise to you that Marc Benioff’s, CEO who started the multi-Billion dollar Salesforce.com, came from Oracle and his mentor, as he stated, “He is my mentor,” Benioff admitted about Ellison. “He was our first investor and first board member. There is no one I’ve learned more from than Larry Ellison.”
According to Business Insider, Jack Dorsey of Square and Twitter his Mentor is Ray Chambers, former Chairman of Wesray Captital Corporation and now a Billionaire Philanthropist from New Jersey who is giving back by playing a big role in revitalizing Newark and Steve Jobs from afar.
Dorsey has learned to think bigger and better from Chambers and was inspired by the way Steve Jobs built Apple.
Bill Gates Microsoft – Philanthropist has donated more than $26 Billion dollars causes through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Bill Gates “…credits part of his success to his mentor, businessman and investor, Warren Buffet. During an interview with CBC, Gates credited Buffet for teaching him how to deal with tough situations and how to think long-term.” The famous investor who states, “One word sums up our country’s achievements: miraculous.”
Jackie Robinson said, “Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he’s losing; nobody wants you to quit when you’re ahead.” Jackie credits his older brother Matthew as his mentor and creating a love for athletics.
Matthew Robinson won a silver medal in the 200-meter dash just behind Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.
Derek Jeter said about his mentor, Yogi Berra, “…[He] shook hands with Babe Ruth, helped bridge the gap between Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle and won more World Series rings than all of them. That made him a treasured link to the Yankees’ past for Derek Jeter, who considered himself something of a student of franchise history.”
When his Mentor passed, Derek Jeter said,”To those who didn’t know Yogi personally, he was one of the greatest baseball players and Yankees of all time,” Jeter wrote on Wednesday in a post on his website, The Players’ Tribune. “To those lucky ones who did, he was an even better person. To me, he was a dear friend and mentor.” MLB News
Some say Yogi’s greatest asset was his ability to deliver under pressure. Interestingly enough, this is the same they say about Derek Jeter.
So my question to you, “Want to be the best at what you do, in Business and in Baseball?”
Then, based upon the past, and based upon today, seek and find the answer to the question, “Whose Your Mentor?”
Until next Blog,