Do You Have A Mentor?

Now that I’m solidly in my sixth decade I understand the need for mentors in many areas of life. If you “go it alone” you will eventually find yourself with situations and problems that you have no idea how to fix. Without a mentor to turn to, you are out of luck.

Hopefully, you have at least two or three or even more mentors in your life. Each mentor probably has particular areas of expertise and, if you’re really fortunate, you have parents or grandparents who have mentored you in many different activities and who have imparted their skills to you. Often a friend can mentor you and sometimes a mentor who didn’t start out as a friend becomes one. In order for mentoring to succeed you must be willing to learn. That’s just reality.

Except for God, the first mentor mentioned (or coach, if you prefer) was Jethro. We don’t always remember that prominent people in the history of faith had everyday lives just like we do. Living everyday lives usually means family as well. Who was Jethro? Let me put it this way – Moses was Jethro’s son-in-law! Just to be absolutely clear, Moses married Jethro’s daughter, Zipporah. (What is the name of the wife of Moses? THERE’S a bible trivia question!)

Read Genesis 18 to find out how Jethro mentored Moses.

Last weekend I attended a business seminar and during the seminar I realized that Eric Lofholm is one of my mentors. While I don’t know him extremely well, he knows who I am and I know who he is. He’s got lots of great books and is a very good teacher when he’s in front of the room. He has a lot of knowledge that helps people in business or who are starting a business and things like email are among his specialties. I know very well how effective his email methods are because he has emailed me on an off for about 14 years. That’s how I ended up going to his seminar in San Diego!

If you are willing to learn, I would like to mentor you in a way that’s similar to the way Eric mentors me. (By reading my blog you’re already allowing me to mentor you.)

If you are one of the folks who has joined in the fun of the 21(!) Your Support Matters Angel Giveaways that I created in the last week or so, I would like to help make it easier for you to enter as many of my giveaways as you can.

Would you like to enter all my giveaways faster? How do I know I can help you? Because I created the giveaways! If you’d rather, I “built” them.

Do you know that each giveaway has a link that leads to the previous giveaway?

That means Angel Giveaway #21 leads to Angel Giveaway #20 which leads to Angel Giveaway #19 and so on all the way back to the FIRST Angel Giveaway! I checked to make sure I didn’t make any mistakes in those links just a couple hours ago.

Here’s the link to Your Support Matters Angel Giveaway #21. Click on the link to #20 in the “Welcome” section next to the close up of my face. In some cases there’s a photo of a cross on a hill at sunrise. Again, I know what the photo is because I took it in 2013 in Julian, California.

If you click until you land on an expired giveaway, don’t worry. Click on the link in that particular giveaway’s “Welcome” section and move on to another giveaway. Just make sure you don’t get stuck there. Move on to the next “link in the chain”.

That’s a pretty good way to look at this – there are currently 21 links in this chain and only one giveaway is expired. Another will expire at midnight. That’s still 19 giveaways!

There is something else about learning from a mentor you need to remember. It’s important that when you learn skills you practice them right away. Without practice it’s just head knowledge.

Have you ever heard someone say, “Oh, yeah, I know how to do that!” Do they really? Did they learn and just keep the knowledge in their head or do they practice it? Do they do it in real life?

Go and do what you’ve learned!

Clicking on a link to enter a contest may seem like a small thing, but it’s a start.

Taking action makes you feel good. Learning something small leads to a willingness to learn something bigger now or in the future. Here’s the link again: Your Support Matters Angel Giveaway #21

Ready to learn something more? Read what I posted the other day and follow THOSE links. You’ll be amazed at what you’ve learned after you learn it!
Help Your Friends And Help Yourself

Like most days I’m leaving you with some music, but today’s music is a little different. I hope you like it.

God Bless You!


Help Your Friends And Help Yourself

This post is powerful! Read this entire post and take action and you’ll see great benefits!

What an incredible boot camp with Eric Lofholm, Michael Gerber, Jay Abraham, Dr. Donald Moine and NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry! Eric Lofholm called his bootcamp Create Revenue Now and that’s really true for anyone who takes action based on what they learn!

Around 120 people including me learned so many really helpful ideas and skills from these experts. As a follower of Jesus I found an atmosphere that was welcoming and I met dozens of people ready to help me, many of whom share my beliefs.

One of those beliefs is this:

We can help each other more than we realize or imagine by listening to people’s requests and remembering who we know that might be able to help them with what they want to achieve. We can also help by remembering people we know who might “know someone who knows someone” that can help. When we truly listen we find that what the person requesting help is almost always talking about the kind of person they need to meet. I’ll share an example of what happened with me during the last few minutes of the weekend.

Eric Lofholm, who is logically the main speaker at the event he created, told us about one of the attendees who knows a World War II veteran that wrote a book about his experiences and wants to get on Bill O’Reilly’s television show. Eric asked if we had an idea or if we know someone that we really believe will help the World War II veteran get on the show to promote his book. As far as I could see, I raised my hand and so did one or two other people.

Eric told us to connect with each other at the official end and the man who made the request came over to me as people were saying their goodbyes. I thought of a man at my church who I believe knows Hugh Hewitt, who has his own show. The reason I believe this is that several years ago I was on a men’s retreat with Solana Beach Presbyterian Church and Hugh Hewitt was the speaker! [While Hugh Hewitt was memorable and entertaining and told some great stories about Richard Nixon, he wasn’t necessarily the speaker you want if you’re going to dive into the Bible.]
I did know which man from my home church was responsible for getting Hewitt to our men’s retreat.

My idea was that because both Bill O’Reilly and Hugh Hewitt are conservative Republicans, being on Hugh Hewitt’s show first might give the man even more credibility with Bill O’Reilly. The man who made the request told me he didn’t think so and I asked him if he thought that just being on Hugh Hewitt’s show might help him sell more books and he said maybe, but he was skeptical. He said Bill O’Reilly regularly has people on his show who have written books and even his website has links to promote books all over it. I don’t typically watch O’Reilly’s show so I didn’t know those things.

By truly listening to him I realized that what he REALLY wanted was a show with MILLIONS of viewers or listeners that would be interested in a man like this. As we spoke further he told me that the author is a hard-core Democrat so I suggested he might try to get him on Howard Stern’s show and he agreed that might be a good strategy to sell his book.

So what happened today went like this. He made a request on behalf of his friend (with Eric Lofholm’s help) and I thought I knew someone who knew someone who could help. We communicated and I actually listened. My first suggestion was not what he thought would help. I heard what I thought his request really was
(his author friend getting on a show with MILLIONS in the audience) and we communicated some more.

This time it was his turn to listen to me and I’m pretty sure he liked my new idea (find someone who can get the author on Howard Stern’s show) very much.

All it takes to be helpful like this is a willingness to listen and introduce someone to someone else.

I’ll make it very easy for you. Do you know a friend who might benefit from reading my blog? Do you know someone who would like encouragement? Introduce them to me by introducing them to my blog!

**Here’s one way to introduce a friend to my blog (and me)**

At this very moment you can Google “Your Support Matters” and mine is the fourth search result. At the bottom of the page you can see the headline
“Heard A Good Word Lately? YOUR Support Matters”
and the blurb below it is from an earlier Your Support Matters post.

All your friend needs to do is

1) Search the right words – Your Support Matters – on Google and click on the right search result headline – Heard A Good Word Lately? and they’ll be introduced to my blog, and

2) Find THIS post by using the Your Support Matters blog search which is on the left sidebar of this blog and search the title “Help Your Friends And Help Yourself”

Search for yourself and see!

**Here’s another way to introduce a friend to my blog (and me)**

Send them this link:

You may find sending the link easier than the first way!

Don’t know what to say? Here’s what you say:

I found this guy who encourages people and he connects people to helpful people and helpful stuff. Check him out by following this link:

Do you see what I just did?

I made it easier for you to introduce me to your friends because now all you need to do is copy and paste from the beginning of the sentence that starts with “I found this guy” to the end of the link right above these words.

Here are two more valuable links:

1) Multiple Chances To Win FREE Books (And Possibly Other Prizes) During The Promotion IF You Follow The Links

Your Support Matters Angel Giveaway #12

2) FREE Wisdom From Jay Abraham

I need to say this first.

I believe that this is the most generous offer I’ve ever seen!

I only learned about his website today even though it seems like I heard of Jay Abraham forever ago! I know I knew who Jay Abraham was in the 1990s and I might have heard of him 30 years ago or more! I didn’t realize just how generous he is! I started to figure that out when I heard him speak Sunday morning in Eric Lofholm’s seminar. It’s absolutely incredible that you can learn so many of Jay’s success secrets by watching his videos. Everything is FREE on this site! Prove it to yourself by visiting Jay’s website right now!

The Abraham Group

If you haven’t already done it, send your friends to this blog so they can benefit just like you are now!

Tell me what you’re learning! Comment on this post with your questions.
I would love to hear your feedback about this post!

God Loves You!

Is God Leading Me To Give Away Ladies of Gold?

Right now I’m not going to share the details of how I got here. I am learning about listening to Holy Spirit. I’m creating a new giveaway later today or tomorrow.

Soon I’ll be leaving for Eric Lofholm’s business seminar in San Diego (I live just outside of San Diego proper). But when I get back tonight I’ll try to squeeze it in my schedule.

By the way, I also highly recommend reading the entire Gospel of John right now. That’s my advice to you. There seems to be something going on with more than one preacher preaching from John right now. That’s my perspective.

Here’s a link to James Maloney’s Ladies of Gold:

God loves you!

*Music to encourage you*