One of the most valuable lessons you will ever learn is to remain teachable. Learning is essential for potential, and what you learn is critical for proper growth and balance. One of the main reasons for failed marriages, unsuccessful businesses, bankruptcy, or simply failing miserably as a human being is the lack of mentorship or the inability to maintain a wholesome relationship with a well-mature, informed Father figure.
Please do not misconstrue what was actually intended as to think that I am undermining the wisdom of a mother. I am simply pointing out the value of a father men-tutor. The wisdom of those you can pull from is priceless. When you have learned how to listen without judgment or interrupting the conversation before the person has completed their sentence, it is a sure sign that you have embraced the first principle of learning.
The second principle is follow-through: Being able to do what was suggested without making assumptions. After hearing the advice from a qualified source, most people over process the information or attempt to interpret the meaning of the message as though the person was speaking in secret code. This objectionable behavior leads to confusion, frustration, and anger.
I have truly only had three mentors during my lifetime who were responsible for helping mold and shape my character and to develop a sense of purpose. Their pouring wisdom instruction into me is forever with me although two of them have gone to be with the Lord. Each person came at certain periods of my life when it was necessary for me to grow; or I could have possibly withered on the vine and dropped off before my time.
However, God always has a plan and that plan comes in pieces and broken paragraphs. I know you may want to ask, what do you mean by pieces and broken paragraphs? Simply this, oftentimes the fragments are identified as parts of the puzzle for your future. The broken paragraphs are the words given to advise you on what to do and how to prepare for only the next stage of your life. The entire picture cannot be viewed in one huge frame. Life can only be viewed one frame at a time.
Mentorship helps to shorten your learning process. What it took your mentor to learn in 20 years, you can embrace it and perform it in 30 minutes. Learn to listen. Embrace a God-sent mentor!