Do you ever think about your career and wonder, “What is the point?”
Maybe, as you’ve reached the seasoned stage of your career as a business professional, you’ve pondered how to continue to stay, and even increase, your relevance in business and in life.
You’ve hit your goals and then some, experienced virtually every kind of situation a pro in your field would encounter, perhaps built your own company. You’ve overcome many pitfalls, flourished both in business and in life, and have all the accolades, achievements, and tangible benefits that come with your well-earned success. You’re at the top of your game – and yet, it feels like something is missing. But you can’t identify the exact what and why, try as you might.
You’re starting to feel like Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones.
I can’t get no satisfaction, I can’t get no satisfaction
‘Cause I try and I try and I try and I try
I can’t get no, I can’t get no
What you’re missing is a certain self-validation, a feeling of certainty that all the struggles you endured while climbing the mountain of business success were worth something truly important. It’s a feeling that comes from giving back, from sharing what you have. But how do you do that?
Now, imagine it’s the not-too-distant future. You’re feeling great. Why? In a simple arrangement involving a small outlay of time and sharing what you already know, you are making a real difference in other people’s lives. You’ve become a key link in a chain of humans engaged in an enterprise that gives back to others. You’re basking in that inner glow of extreme satisfaction – the feeling that nothing you’ve done has been wasted.
How do you get there?
A terrifically easy solution is to become a Mentor. More specifically, to donate a small amount of time to Mentor a Social Impact Entrepreneur – a person building a business with the goals of creating positive impact on humanity or the planet.
Simply from sharing their skills, experience, and time, Mentors can contribute to multiplying the social impact of these businesses. The benefit to mentoring a Social Impact Entrepreneur as opposed to a regular for-profit business is that for-profit business has the ultimate outcome of one thing – profit. Social Impact businesses are building a profitable enterprise with the goal of helping others. It may be in food supply, education, medical assistance, or any number of beneficial goals that uplift humanity, and benefit the local community as well as the planet.
By helping someone else help others, you are taking the time and knowledge you donate and multiplying the results twofold. You are helping not just one business, but a virtually unlimited number of people through the ongoing actions of that business. Mentoring is the ultimate validation of the hard work, learning, and growth it took you to achieve business success. By sharing your skills and knowledge with people that need them, you’ll continually find purpose and meaning in your work.
None of us would be where we are today without the support and inspiration from mentors and teachers who helped us find the right path. These mentors experienced the ups and downs, good and bad, of what it means to be a successful businessperson. Their advice often critically shaped our careers. Now, as a seasoned, mature, and successful business professional yourself, it’s time to step into your power. It’s time for you to teach. Everything, every roadblock and pitfall, all the highs, and all the lows, has a purpose – because now you get to teach and guide people from that place of experience.
When you share your experience, it improves a Social Impact Entrepreneur’s business proficiency, profitability, and growth by helping to solve problems, overcome challenges, and make connections. By helping them grow, they can help more people. You come into new personal power and emotional reward as a result. This is the reward of continued relevance, as through the power of sharing you continuing to create, help, and achieve as your gift becomes another’s.
You learn that nothing you have done in your career has been wasted by pointing your assets towards the greater purpose – the purpose of helping others make a difference.
Does this sound like the something that’s missing? The satisfaction that you’re looking for?
You’re no longer feeling like Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones, you’re feeling like The Godfather of Soul, James Brown!
Woo! I feel good, I knew that I would, now
I feel good, I knew that I would, now
So good, so good, I got you
Right now, at this very moment, there’s a social impact entrepreneur looking for solutions – and there are people in need whose lives could be changed with the help of those solutions.
You can become a life-changing Mentor to a Social Impact entrepreneur at Flourishter with a small investment of your time. It’s only a three-month mentorship program, with one call every other week, and limited email support in between – but this is more than enough time for you to make a huge difference in the growth of your mentee’s business and in the lives of those being served it.
“What was the point?” The point is that they are waiting for you to be the difference-maker they need to succeed.
Learn how to start mentoring today at www.flourishter.com. The life you change might be your own.
Lyrics from Rolling Stones “Satisfaction” written by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards c1965
Lyrics from James Brown “I Got You (I Feel Good)” written by James Brown c1963