Part 3: 
The Lever

👉 Lesson 3: MENTORSHIP

“If you’re going to cross a minefield, follow someone who’s already been across successfully.” 

It's easy to get off track but it's hard to get back on.

You need a Model, you need a Mindset, and you need a Mentor.

But not just any Mentor.

A Mentor who can specifically support your specific Model and specific Mindset required for that Model. 

One who is a bible believing, Jesus loving, Christian.

The bible says in 2 Cor 6:14: 

"Do not be unequally yoked together with a non-believer."

The Amplified version is even stronger.

"Do not be unequally bound together with unbelievers [do not make mismatched alliances with them, inconsistent with your faith]. For what partnership can righteousness have with lawlessness? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?"

Choose your mentors with care...

The wrong mentor could put you off track for years.

Back to our diet analogy.

How smart would it be to be on a Keto low carb diet with a Vegan high carb diet Mentor?

It would be frustrating, to say the least.

Solomon taught us in Proverbs 24: 5:

“For by wise counsel you shall make war; and in a multiple of counselors there is safety.”

Seeking godly counsel is one of the keys to wisdom. 

If you want to prosper in business, seek counsel from a successful, godly businessperson. 

The same goes for marriage, relationships, ministry, or whatever.  

Find a godly person who is successful in the area you desire to succeed in and get their advice.  

By no means am I saying of myself, “I'm a successful godly businessman," that classification is way above my pay grade.  

What I am saying...

Be very careful from whom you receive instruction, counsel, and input.

Today with the internet, any Tom, Jane or Harry can have a voice.  

Be wise.  

I've been searching for a long time, and it's tough to find successful Christian mentors.

Nowadays, mentors and coaches are a dime a dozen.

And sure, some of them are Christians.

But I'm not interested in working with someone who is an undercover Christian.  

If I'm not sure where they stand, I'm not interested.

So find someone with a step by step PROVEN blueprint...

And a mentor...

Who's a professing Christian (proud of their relationship and not an undercover one afraid to be bold)

Then pray like it's up to God and work like it's up to you!  

Your path to success won't be a straight line.
As you grow, you'll need the Mentors support to stay on track and stay in the game.

Remember the three keys are:

1. Mindset

2. Model

3. Mentorship

And you need all three, in my opinion, this day and age.

One or two is not enough.

Three that don't work together elegantly is not enough. 

Because they work together as a system.

A good system is designed to produce a specific result (or results) outcome or goal.

A few examples: 

My diet system will produce optimal energy and ideal weight.

This diet "system" consists of "ingredients" in proper quantity AND "sequence."

Ingredients: exercise, eating, meditation, rest, sleep, hydration, etc.

At some point, if too many of the "ingredients" are removed, my "system" does not produce the effect of optimal energy and ideal weight.

The sequence is also important: If I try to exercise in the middle of the night, that won't work.

Another way to visualize this...

When baking, you need the ingredients and the recipe or "blueprint," which consists of the sequence.

If you put flour and sugar and bake the cake in the oven and then after the cake is baked, add the two eggs, you won't have a cake, you'll have a mess.

The eggs were out of sequence, and the "system" broke down and didn't produce a cake.

My marriage system will equip me to meet all of my wife's spiritual, emotional, and physical needs.

The ingredients: kindness, prayer, encouragement, money, fun, romance, sex, etc. 

Sequence: If I put sex before everything else, my system won't produce the result of meeting her spiritual and emotional needs.

Sequence failure = system outcome failure.

My business system will deliver exceptional results to my clients, be predictable, consistent, and dependable. 
It will require 1 hour per day or less and produce a minimum of $20k /mo income and total time freedom. 

The ingredients: customer delight, marketing, systems, etc. 

Sequence: If I put marketing before customer delight, my system won't create the outcome.
A car is a system designed to get you from point A to point B.

If you took the car apart and put all the parts in your garage, even though you had all the parts, it no longer works.  

It's no longer a car.

You could point to your garage and say I have a car in there, but it's not functioning as a car, one that gets you from point A to point B.

It's dead.

The systemic function of the parts working together has been terminated.

And although the components are all together, they are incapable of achieving the car "systems" specific result (or results) outcome or goal.

I see this a lot with Christian Entrepreneurs.

They have a lot of parts and pieces and maybe even some good ones.

But the parts are not working together as a System to deliver the result of "money to the bank account."

A system is a result of the interactions between the component parts, not of the parts themselves.

The sum is greater than the parts.

The interaction between the parts is what matters.

You can't decouple Mindset from Model from Mentorship and still have a functioning, profitable, consistent, reliable, peaceful business as a Christian entrepreneur. 

And you can't do a mashup of a little bit of Model here and a little bit of Mindset there and sprinkle a topping of Mentorship.

That's not a car. Those are car parts.

That's not a cake. That's a bunch of ingredients on the counter.

That's not a machine. That's a pile of gears. 

That's not a Kingdom business. That's a collection of wishes.

When you have Model, Mindset, and Mentor working together, 1 + 1 does not equal 2. 

It can equal 5 or 10 or 100.

This is systems thinking 101.

Since God is a systems God (He plays chess instead of checkers), this could be one of the greatest success principles you will ever unpack. 
My first successful business happened after I met Chris, a very successful Christian businessman, a multimillionaire, I met at my church.

For some reason (maybe pity), he took me under his wing and encouraged me, had lunch with me once in a while, and answered a few of my questions.  

My life, marriage, finances, and business were radically transformed.  

One of the reasons Mentorship is powerful is because of what I call “Blind Spot Detection”... 

Having someone who’s been where we want to be and doing what we want to do, who can come alongside us, and point out things that “we don’t even know that we don’t know.”  

Some of my most significant breakthroughs came from small tweaks in approach.  

“Big doors swing on small hinges…”  

And when we don't have someone with experience AND a vested interest in our success, we might end up wasting time building a Rube Goldberg machine...
Anyway, if any of this resonates with you, you will be happy to hear that I have discovered a way for us Christians to build fun, consistent, and high ROI business machines are capable of hitting just about any financial goal. 

(That also meet all the “conditions” we discussed on the last page)  

Let's take a look on the next page.

1. When crossing a minefield, follow someone who has already gone across successfully.

2. Success requires support.

3. Big doors swing on small hinges.
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