Monday Motivator – August 21

John Maxwell has mentored me for decades through his writings. Listed below are 13 questions he presented that have helped me as I met with people in mentoring relationships at different seasons of my life. I have asked these questions of various mentors of mine, and you might use them as well. Keep in mind that often your mentor is only as good as the questions you ask.

  1. How do you define success? Yoda once stated, “Do or do not. There is no try.”
  2. What values guide your decisions? Glinda the Good Witch said to Dorothy, “You don’t need to be helped any longer. You’ve always had the power to go back home to Kansas.”
  3. What is the most effective daily habit you possess? Gandalf said to Frodo, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
  4. What accomplishment are you most proud of? Mr. Miyagi said to Daniel, “Man who can catch fly with chopstick can accomplish anything.”
  5. What is the greatest piece of advice you have ever gotten? Mary Poppins said to the children, “Never judge things by their appearance…even carpetbaggers.”
  6. What do you wish you knew at my stage of life or career? Doc Browne asked Marty, “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.”
  7. What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned from failure? Alfred the butler asked Bruce Wayne, “Why do we fail, sir? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.”
  8. What are you learning right now? Albus Doubledare said, “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
  9. What positive thing do you see in me that I need to focus on developing? Master Splinter said to the Turtles, “The path that leads to what we truly desire is long and difficult, but only by following that path do we achieve our goal.”
  10. What obstacle that I don’t see is preventing me from moving forward? M said, “James (Bond), arrogance and self-awareness seldom go hand in hand.”
  11. What must I do to overcome that obstacle and keep growing? Morpheus said, “But I can only show you the door, Neo. You’re the one who has to walk through it.”
  12. What do you hope to teach me during our mentoring relationship? Mickey Goldmill said, “Rocky, you’re gonna eat lightning and you’re gonna crap thunder.”
  13. What can I do to make this process worthwhile for you? Uncle Ben Parker said to Peter Parker, “With great power comes great responsibility.”

Live communally. The value of mentoring is seen in the examples above and in Titus 2:1-8. Each of us can benefit from meeting with a mentor for counsel, guidance, and encouragement.

Love is a verb,

Mike Olejarz

©2017 by Mike Olejarz

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