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Who's In Your Top Hive?, Your Guide To Finding Your Success Mentors Paperback – June 25, 2010
About the Author
Acknowledged by President Obama for his work as a young leader in America, Bert Gervais a.k.a “The Mentor Guy” is an author, thought leader, and mentor evangelist. Black enterprise.com, USA Today, NBC, and Fox news have featured this rising star and the book Millennial Leaders calls him one of “The Top Gen Y” leaders in the country. His secret? By the time he was 25 years old he had already formed 25 mentor relationships. Having been born in Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world, Bert quickly realized the value of seizing opportunities and encourages his peers to do the same. He came to America with no connections, limited resources, and separated from his mother. Bert quickly turned his step backs into step ups. By 2006, while at Binghamton University, he started an internet company and was named the East Coast Student Entrepreneur of the Year.” By 2007 he had already fundraised $10,000 for Hurricane Katrina victims. His best selling book Who’s In Your Top Hive: Your Guide to Finding Your Success Mentors shares the lessons he learned during his journey. He has spoken to over 30,000 young adults in 30 states and 2 countries and has been featured on Fox News and USA Today. He wakes up everyday with one goal, live up to the epitaph he once wrote for his tombstone:”this man’s life helped to make average disappear.”
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I can tell you that from my years of experience in Corporate America and serving on multiple nonprofit boards, I've found the overwhelming majority of young professionals never learned the proper etiquette when it comes to cultivating effective mentor relationships. And the sad part is that they grow up to be `experienced' professionals who STILL don't know how to cultivate effective mentor relationships. It's no wonder that most people are struggling in the careers or are experiencing mediocre results.
The author did a wonderful job of dispelling some of the myths that hold people back from cultivating mentor relationships in the first place, which is important. Some of the myths surrounding mentoring are astonishing but are rampant in the minds of today's young people.
Next, Mr. Gervais gave wonderful examples of how you should apply his advice and WHY you should do it. The author also provides the reader with a template of an effective introductory email to a potential mentor and an in-person script that could `break the ice' which is ideal if you are one of those shy people and feel awkward in social settings.
What I also enjoyed about this book is that the author talked about the importance of having `soft' skills, which include the ability to communicate, to be a go-giver, work within a team environment, and showing that you care about the people in your network or company. Those skills are critical for success because you have to stand out or be replaced by the competition or cheap labor/technology in our ever evolving business marketplace.
I remember one time when someone sought me out for advice for his business and failed to show up for a scheduled phone call. He didn't even have the decency to notify me that he couldn't make our scheduled time and he never apologized for his `no show' And what was even more shocking about this is that the guy was not a recent college graduate. In fact, he's older than me and I'm in my mid thirties!
Now I realize that some of this is common sense but if it was `common' people would have more sense!
The author also gave the reader a glimpse of his personal journey that I thought was inspiring and instructive too. He talks about how he was able to start from humble beginnings, overcome some of his own insecurities and his failures too. The reality is that successful people `fail' more than failures do. The difference is that they learn the lessons behind those failures, get back up from them, and move forward with more wisdom.
I recommend that you get copies of this book for yourself and anyone else you care about so that together you can move forward in your lives with more wisdom and more fulfillment. After all, isn't that what we all want?
Author of the Amazon Best-Seller What's In Your Water?
Bert's book actually taught me a lesson in that. My father was the closest thing I had to a mentor; other than that, I didn't really have one, and I think I personally could have done a little better with one. However, I think I will keep this book with me as a constant reminder. Thanks, Bert!