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Become A Mentor!
Golden Wisdom from the Golden Years
You’ve heard the saying a thousand times: “If I knew then what I
Can you imagine how different your life would be if you’d
possessed all the knowledge you have today at an earlier time?
Perhaps it’s impossible to turn back the hands of time, but it’s
not impossible to pass along the wisdom you’ve gained so others
can benefit from it.
Let me introduce myself. My name is Gregory Scott Reid, a.k.a.
The Millionaire Mentor.
Many people assume that, with a nickname such as this, it would
be my personal goal and mission on this planet to mentor folks to
become millionaires. Although that would be a great quest, I’ve
focused my intentions in a different direction.
The fact is, I’ve been blessed to mentor inner-city kid’s right
here in my hometown of San Diego, and I’ve been fortunate enough
to find financial success along the way. As my involvement with
the community grew, the nickname was born. With this badge of
honor, I was inspired to write the international number one
best-selling book by the same title, which now reaches out to
people of all generations as a guide toward living their ultimate
dream and finding their passion.
Why do I share this information with you? Many people think they
need unlimited success and knowledge, or they have to be
Aristotle or some other brilliant philosopher, before they can
become a mentor or share their messages with those in need.
At least, that’s what I thought. However, as I found out, this
could not be further from reality.
All it takes to become a guiding force and beacon of hope is a
genuine concern for other people’s success, no matter how they
may define it. Remember the golden rule of “treat people the way
you want to be treated”? Personally, I think it’s a fable. The
true secret to helping and reaching others is to simply treat
them the way they want to be treated.
This is because we all have different goals and dreams. What may
be important to you might be the last thing on the list for
In fact, the way I have created a life of abundance for myself is
by living this principal in the corporate arena, simply stated it
“Mentoring your way to Millions”
It works like this -
Say you had a receptionist - we’ll call her Nancy -
and she wants to go back to school to study nursing. She tells
you her goal during the one-on-one orientation meeting you have
with every new staff member, the meeting where you ask, “If you
could have anything you want out of life, what would it be?”
Then, once she's shared it with you, congratulate her on a great
choice of career paths, and tell her you’re going to help make
her dream a reality. Now, Nancy is no fool. (Of course not! You
don’t hire fools!) She may ask why you would support her in
something that will eventually cause her to leave your
Tell her she’s a valuable employee and you’ll be sorry to see
her go one day. But you realize that by helping her achieve her
true goal in life, you make it easy for her to give 100 percent the
entire time she's working for you, and assist in replacing
herself when it comes time to move on.
Imagine Nancy’s excitement when, a few days later, you show a
genuine interest in her goal by giving her a variety of brochures
from local nursing academies - brochures you requested on her
behalf. We then tell her she can take a few minutes each day on
the company phone to contact the schools and set up a class
schedule that works for her.
Now here is where the true "Mentoring" comes in.
Take a moment to share with her, (your) experiences with change.
Reflect on how you felt, the fears you faced, when you gave up
your job to start the company she works for now. Detail how you
overcame obstacles and shut out the noise of the "nay sayers" who
told you all the reasons why your idea was crazy and you should
forget about it.
Let her know you’re there to act as a positive support, a
constant reminder that she can achieve her dream. Reinforce the
message that if and when she needs guidance, encouragement, or a
shoulder to lean on during her transition, she can count on you!
Consider how great Nancy will feel walking into the office each
day, knowing that at the end of regular business hours she’ll be
heading right toward her life’s goal: to become a nurse and help
others. How will she answer your company phone from that day
What do you suppose her tone of voice and enthusiasm level will
be when someone asks her about the place where she works?
Think of the terrific first impression she’ll make on the job
applicants and potential customers who walk through the front
door every day!
It paints a really pretty picture, doesn’t it?
"Mentoring your way to Millions" is a win-win proposition. Let’s
face it, the more you help others identify and pursue their
dreams, the greater support and backing you get from them in
As you read this, know that there’s someone out there waiting to
hear about your story and gain insight from your past, someone
who could truly be inspired by what you have to share. They are
probably experiencing the same exact things you went through,
and could benefit from your wisdom, but don’t know whom to ask,
and the reward you will feel from sharing your insights is worth
a million in itself.
So, here’s my suggestion, along with a call to action: Make it
a mission to help others. Become a mentor, and reach out to those
who want to hear your message.
Join AARP or any other organization that lets you call on people
and offer your services.
Here are some great organizations that would love your help.
Partners Mentorship program (619) 584-5797
Big Brothers, Big Sisters (858) 536-4900
Can you imagine how wonderful it would have been if someone had
reached out a helping hand when you needed it most?
Or better yet, perhaps someone did at one time of your life;
isn’t that a great memory for you?
Right now, at this moment, you have the same ability to make a
Will you do it? I challenge you.
You know you want to, so take that action and get out there and
make a difference.
Someone is waiting to hear from you.
To sweeten the pot, and remove any excuses, at the end of this
letter, you’ll find my personal e-mail and phone number. When
you’re ready and willing to take on this challenge, contact me
and I’ll even assist you in finding someone to help.
Why do I offer this? It’s simple, really. I’m the most selfish
person you’ll ever meet. And I want YOU to be selfish too.
The joy received from watching others prosper and find that spark
of hope is priceless. Now it’s your opportunity to enjoy this
'selfish' wealth, because when it's all said and done...
“The greatest success you’ll know is helping others succeed and
Best wishes, and whatever you do-
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By: Keynote Speaker Gregory Scott Reid
Speaker and two-time #1 best-selling author,
The Millionaire Mentor and Wake Up: Live the Life You Love