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Mentor Me: GA=T+E- A Formula to Fulfill Your Greatest Achievement Paperback – May 2, 2014
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"...everyone - should think about reading this book." - Kathryn Bennett
"...fascinating...His analysis of the different ways in which people learn is equally enlightening. He deftly demonstrates how he personally put into practice much of the advice he conveys in the book...Poirot's writing style is conversational, educational, and often inspirational. Chapters are well organized, and exercises are integrated into the text at appropriate, logical spots. The text is easy to read, and the pages are nicely composed...Mentor Me...should prove to be a valuable guide"
- Barry Silverstein, Foreward Reviews - Clarion Review
From the Author
I have been fortunate to work for some of the top companies in financial services - some better known New York Stock Exchange listed companies like American Express, Charles Schwab, Merrill Lynch (now part of Bank of America), JP Morgan Chase, as well as some smaller New York Stock Exchange listed companies like Cullen/Frost Bankers (NYSE: CFR) and Guaranty Bank (now part of BBVA, NYSE: BBVA).
The initial feedback I have received is this book is "succinct", "practical", "easy-to-read", and "easy-to-implement".
My hope is everyone who reads "Mentor Me" can find something therein to take away and use to have a positive impact on their lives.
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Napoleon Hill states you should write the goal on a piece of paper and put it in your wallet, post it on your shaving mirror, and constantly keep the goal in front of your eyes and you will achieve that goal. Maltz's technique is ready, fire, aim. The idea is that one should start moving toward the goal, while visualizing it very distinctly, and your automatic guidance system will take over and you will hit your target goal. Visualizing the goal as clearly and distinctly as possible - using every sense you have - is a key to Maltz's ideas. Mr. Poirot says much the same thing in a truncated fashion.
The author is very helpful when he advises "know yourself" and then know others and how they are wired. Being able to disarm an angry person in a confrontation is important, and Mr. Poirot gives excellent advice there. Writing down your goals and then reminding yourself what the important things are (the rock bucket) is equally important for success; however, you can follow all the rules you want and apply yourself with diligence and still fail.
Like many successful people Mr. Poirot believes that you control the outcomes of situations because you control your response to the situation. That, he thinks, is the key to moving forward in life. Control your response well and the situation will develop in your favor. Of course, this simply isn't true. I knew a wonderful fellow who had married his childhood sweetheart, graduated from college, and managed to get the job he had always wanted. Then he was drafted and sent to Vietnam where he died at the hands of the Vietcong. How was his response to the situation going to save him? He followed orders and died. His attitude just did not matter. As an attorney I had to advise people in awful situations, and many times the situations did not work out in their favor in spite of their positive attitudes and good decisions. I can tell you from personal experience that the best liars win in court most of the time, even when the law is against them.
No matter how much you think you control your life by controlling your responses to situations that develop, in fact you do not. Mr. Poirot is very intelligent and uses that intelligence well, often achieving good results when many times it could have gone otherwise; thus, he believe he is ultimately in control. But it could have gone otherwise very easily. In one example, the organization has a discrimination problem and they moved to solve that problem before it exploded; however, if someone would have reported the discrimination before it was discovered - it had gone on for a long time - they would have had a lawsuit and significant damages rather than a personnel problem.
Mr. Poirot seems to have been blessed with honest bosses. Many people have not had that kind of luck, and they have been set up or lied about by their not so honest bosses resulting in destroyed lives and careers. I have personally witnessed mental breakdowns from situations involving lying bosses or underlings. Thus, it is quite easy to get into a "situation" where your responses are limited and just controlling your response by thinking through what result you want will not help. Because this has worked for you does not mean it will work for others in situations that are not of their making and where their control is minimal. Just ask the men whose names are inscribed on that low black wall in Washington DC.
What Mr. Poirot displays is survivorship bias. The ship was sinking, I did X and survived; thus, everyone who does X will survive. No one can ask the dead how many of them did the same thing and drowned. Mr. P did X and Y and was very successful; thus, others who do X and Y will succeed. But how many followed the same principles and failed? We do not hear from them. They do not write books. After all, who wants to hear from a failure?
The book is easy to read, the principles easy to grasp, and the ideas are cogent and should help nearly anyone working their way through life. The hard part will be choosing the ultimate goal. Actually, very few people can formulate specific goals for their life other than gaining a certain amount of money. That is how the western world measures success. How much money do (did) you make? A million? You are a success. What if the goal is being honest or living a Christian life? How can that be measured?
I won't say what the formula is -- after all this is what this guide is all about, so I don't think that the author would appreciate it if someone would simply give it away in a review --, but it is definitely something worth-knowing and which has the potential to help you achieve your goals if you do your part of the work.
The text is well written, full of examples (usually coming from experiences of the author in sales). But whatever you do, the examples are helpful and make you think of how to solve your own problems. In addition, you will get an introduction on how to treat people with different personalities.
Note for this young author:
Don't break words in your word processor: they come out on the kindle in the middle of the line as for instance intro-duce instead of introduce. You have a dozen of them. Have a friend read the book one last time for other typos.
Mentor Me clearly outlines proven strategies that can give you the results you've been searching for and simple steps to put them into practice. I also loved the fact that the author illustrates how to use the techniques for the best outcomes. This book is great for anyone in need of the right motivation and resources to get to where they want to be.
In order to reach your full potential and make proper use of this book, you should try to implement as many of the methods as possible. I am already seeing a huge different after a few days and a few tips. It's absolutely amazing and at this ebook's price, an amazing bargain!
Mr. Poirot used personal examples to help illustrate real application of his methods, which was both interesting and helpful. If you're looking for something different and useful...check out "Mentor Me!"