Mentors, Consultants and Coaches: It Takes a Village to Succeed

Over the past few months, I have been exposed to a recurring concept. Whether it be in my efforts to market and promote my business; establish my services as a career and life coach; improve my speaking skills through participation in the WAO Toastmasters club; help others establish their business endeavors; or finish writing my new book, I have experienced, over and over again, the concept that “it takes a village to raise a child.”

Actually, because of these recurring “aha moments,” I now like to say that “it takes a village to raise a person to success.”

Wouldn’t you agree?

If it wasn’t apparent to me before, it has become extremely apparent to me now that we all need help if we are to be successful at what we do.

However, although I have become more aware of this fact, I can remember moments in my life and career when I did (and preferred to do) everything on my own. I did not seek or rely on the help of others who could help me achieve my success.

What about you?

Are you connected with someone who can help you overcome obstacles in your life towards your personal achievement?

Have you built relationships with other people who can help elevate your career?

Do you have an established “circle of influence” that can help you achieve the life and/or career goals you’ve set for yourself?

If you were able to answer “YES” to these three questions, you’re in great shape. I applaud you for your wisdom and action.

However, if you answered “NO” to most of these questions, I want you to explore why, and then make the necessary adjustments to proactively connect with those who can help you in your quest for productivity and success.

Author Pam Grout says, “We all lean on the shoulders of others at various times as we learn, grow, and develop new roles for ourselves.”

She is absolutely right. I can honestly say that I have done just that. The shoulders we stand on are what I call the “villagers” who help us learn, develop and grow.

Although from time to time I have been the victim of taking the solo journey to my success, I have been smart enough to have my own “villagers” whose shoulders I have been able to stand on and who have helped me achieve my personal and professional success. .

And you?

Who are your “villagers”?

Do you have a support group you can turn to for help?

Since the recurring concept of “it takes a village to raise a person to success” has been very prominent in my life recently, I’ve looked at where I’ve been successful and the type of “villagers” that have led me there. successful.

I want to share with you here what I call my MAC formula for the “villagers” you need in your life who can also help you achieve success. Mentors, advisers and coaches – those are the “villagers” who can help you achieve your success.

But what is a mentor? What is an advisor? What is a coach? How do they help? Why are “villagers” important to your success?

Let’s take a look below at each of my recommended “villagers” and why you can turn to them for help:


Mentors are the first group of “villagers” that I think can help you. My personal philosophy regarding mentors is that they are people who can help you “successfully push yourself, navigate transitions, and overcome realities.” Defined another way, mentors are simply a trusted advisor or guide. The blessing of having connections with mentors is that they can help you learn more about yourself; motivate and cheer you up when you get discouraged; and help you identify and achieve your goals.


The second group of “villagers” I recommend you work with are advisors. Advisors are people who have deeper knowledge in a specific area related to your personal life and/or career. A counselor is a great resource because they are like a counselor, teacher, and friend. Although they won’t say know what to do, they will help you figure out what you can do. With the help of a consultant, you will be able to find solutions to your problems and new paths to your success.


The last group of “villagers” that I believe will be instrumental in helping you achieve your success are the coaches. Coaches are people who can help you in the process of achieving a specific personal or professional result. When you connect with a coach, you’ll be working with a partner who is committed to inspiring you to maximize your personal and professional potential.

Well, there it is: my MAC formula for the people who need to succeed. Mentors, Advisors and Coaches are the “villagers” who have helped me achieve my personal and professional success. That is why I recommend that you connect with your loved ones so that you too can achieve your personal and professional success.

Which ones are you currently connected to? Which ones do you need to connect to? What personal success are you striving for? How do you think they can help you with the success of your career?

Zig Ziglar says that “success depends on the glands: the sweat glands.” .

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