To become a great teacher, you must be a great student. I say, must “be” a great student, instead of must have been, because to be a great teacher, you must always be learning.
When you cease to provide new and exciting information to your student(s), they will no longer consider you their teacher or mentor. The converse is also true; when you cease asking questions and being eager to learn from your teacher, the teacher will lose interest in mentoring you. Yes, the time will come when you have learned what you need to know to proficiently build your Network Marketing business and then you will then become the teacher of your followers and become their mentor, not because you chose to mentor them, but rather because they asked you to mentor them. I never ask to mentor anyone; I always let them ask me to mentor them so that I know the desire is there on their part and it is not me forcing myself on them. You have perhaps heard many times during your lifetime that when the student is ready the teacher will appear, but I believe it is the other way around.
“When the teacher is ready, the student will appear”
Until you have attained enough knowledge and experience and developed the ability to teach what you have learned, no one will desire to be mentored by you. Therefore, if you do not have a following asking you to mentor them, then perhaps that is an indication the “the teacher is not ready” and that you need to learn more and advance your rank so that your distributors will want to know how you did what you accomplished so they can do it too.
“To earn more you’ve got to learn more”
So, commit to not just being a student, but to being a GREAT STUDENT that is always learning from all available sources. Determine to learn from leaders in your upline that have achieved and accomplished what you also desire to accomplish. Be willing to learn from books, videos and audios of other great leaders in your market segment.
“To grow more, you’ve got to know more”
Also, be willing to learn from great leaders from outside your industry that teach material on personal growth and self-development.
The reason that you must commit to always being a great student is that constantly studying will change your mindset and assist you in developing new habits. Your business will only grow to the extent that YOU grow!
“If you continue to think the way you have always thought, you will continue to get what you have always got”
So, change your thinking by studying and modeling your mentor’s daily habits and you will in turn develop a new, successful, mindset that will change who you are and will allow your business to grow as you grow.
As you grow and advance you rank and begin sharing what you have learned, and are still learning, you will begin to have members of your organization coming to you asking to be mentored. This is why I say, “When the teacher is ready, (that’s you), then, and only then, will the student appear.”
So, how do you become a great student? You make the CHOICE to BE a GREAT STUDENT. It is something that you choose to do, and you can do that right now while reading this article.
To quote a line form a poem, “You are the fellow who has to decide, whether you’ll do it or toss it aside.” So, you see it is all up to you. You must decide to be that great student and then with all intention, start taking the appropriate action. Start reading a chapter a day of books such as, “The Magic of Thinking BIG” by Dr. David Schwartz, “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie, “How I raised Myself from Failure to Success” by Frank Bettger, Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. Move Ahead with Possibility Thinking” by Rev. Robert Schuller and all books, Videos and Audio’s by Zig Ziglar, Jim Rohn, Charlie ‘Tremendous’ Jones, and Rich Devos.
Focus on the rewards of becoming a great leader as the result of your discipline to be a great student. Make a list of your wishes and convert them to dreams, and then turn them into goals by making them specific and measurable with time limits. Create a Vision Board and include pictures of the home you will move into and the vehicles you will be driving and the vacation you will be taking with your friends and family once you have succeeded. Imagine how you will feel when you have changed the lives of others by sharing with them what you have learned. Also imagine the charitable causes and missionary outreach programs you can financially support or even be involved in once you have the financial resources to do so. Next write affirmations for each of your goals by making them personal and writing them in the present tense, infused with emotion and stating it as though it has already happened and exists in your life right now. Reading these affirmations at least twice a day will keep you motivated to stay committed to be a great student that will lead to your becoming a great teacher of other great students for years to come.
It is incumbent on us to teach our children about free enterprise and to raise them to be entrepreneurs.
It is also urgent that we teach as many people as we can that free enterprise is what has made this country great and is what will continue to keep America Great. We need to teach as many as will listen, how they can participate in the Free Enterprise System by being in business for themselves through Network Marketing. We need to do this with great passion and in a manner as if the future of this Great Nation depended on it, because it just might!
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