I’ve met people who seem to be waiting for something. They aren’t getting started on their dreams because they think someone is going to show up and change everything. For most, that never happens. For Andy Andrews, it did. One person showed up and changed the direction of his life.
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Let me explain. Today the world knows the name Andy Andrews as a best-selling author. Others know him as that hilarious speaker who showed up at a convention, had you in hysterics, and before you even realized it…he had changed your thinking.
But, long before Andy’s success, he was broke, homeless, and sleeping under a pier on the Gulf coast.
And then, a man by the name of Jones showed up, and his life literally changed.
Andy, you first told the world about your story and about this incredible teacher in your book, The Noticer. You have just released a new book, The Noticer Returns.
There are so many avenues we could explore, but I want to focus on something key to your success and this new book. And that is a “mentoring” relationship. When Jones appeared in your life, you were ready and willing to listen. Somehow he got through to you.
Why was Jones able to reach into your world and change it?
It’s funny that you say I was “ready and willing to listen,” because in many ways I actually wasn’t! Jones was the only person who was willing to tell me the truth about myself and, at first, I didn’t like what he was saying one bit. Fortunately, he had a way of bringing people around to the right perspective, which he eventually did for me.
When do you know you are ready for a mentor?
The number one key thing you need to have in order to be ready for a mentor is a spirit of openness. You have to be open to the possibility that you don’t know anything or that some of what you DO know might be incorrect. You have to accept that there may be things wrong with your thinking.