192. Aim High to Get Best Possible Mentor
Geoff Woods, after hearing the Jim Rohn quote—“you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”—set out to surround himself with high level CEOs and successful entrepreneurs. After being mentored by these heavy hitters, he was able to quit his six-figure corporate sales job and go full time as an entrepreneur in less than 10 months. Featured in Entrepreneur.com, Geoff publishes the actual conversations with his mentors in his business podcast, The Mentee.
How Did You Start Using Your Talents?
Headed for a career as a CPA with a top accounting firm, the prospective employer held back the offer and asked, “Geoff, why the heck aren’t you in sales?” When Geoff answered, “I don’t know,” the recruiter said, “If you really want this job, call me in six months, but you really don’t belong here. You belong in sales.” In hindsight, Geoff says, “I owe him a big thank you.”
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
A friend suddenly had a stroke at age 35. Around the same time, a sudden change in his sales commission structure—at a job he loved at a medical device company—slashed his income by 40 percent. He tried his hand at an entrepreneurial venture but failed because he didn’t know what he was doing. At that point he set out on a mission to find the best mentors he could find and change the trajectory of his life.
The Most Powerful Lessons Learned?
The powerful role of mentors in Geoff’s life showed him how much he could achieve with the right supporters. The lesson inspired him to launch and monetize a podcast, The Mentee, devoted to sharing real-life wisdom and guidance from top CEOs and leaders in business. He concentrates on adding value for his listeners by providing tools to help them experience the life-changing effect of mentorship.
Steps to Success from Geoff Woods
1. Dare to reach to the top to find your best mentors.
2. Surround yourself with people who are at the level you want to reach.
3. Take action. Don’t wait until all the lights are green.
4. Constantly look for ways to add value to people’s lives.
5. Help other people find the right mentor.
On His Bookshelf
Rich Dad Poor Dad, Kindle Edition, by Robert T. Kiyosaki
Rich Dad’s CASHFLOW QUADRANT, Kindle Edition, by Robert T. Kiyosaki
How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
Think and Grow Rich, Napolean Hill
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey
The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
Connecting With Geoff Woods
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