Hey, there Beauty!
Welcome back for number three in our series Top 10 Southern Belle Secrets to Rock Your Business and Marketing! If you missed the Lightning Bug Effect, you can find it here: Southern Belle Secret One, or learn about catching flies with sweetness here Southern Belle Secret Number Two.
Mind Your Momma!
Southern Belle’s are serious about their mommas, so no jokes here. It does not have to be your momma, necessarily however. What we’re searching for, is that person in your life who gives you great advice exactly when you need it. It could be a “no-nonsense” best friend, a business mentor, a life coach, etc.
“A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.” ~Dorothy Canfield Fisher
It’s that person, or people if you are so lucky, that stretch your mind and teach you how to grow yourself.
In a compilation of Billionaires’ Advice For New College Grads, Michael Dell said this…
“Try never to be the smartest person in the room. And if you are, I suggest you invite smarter people … or find a different room. In professional circles it’s called networking. In organizations it’s called team building. And in life it’s called family, friends, and community. We are all gifts to each other, and my own growth as a leader has shown me again and again that the most rewarding experiences come from my relationships.” ~University of Texas, 2003
There is something magical that happens when we listen to and interact with others. Ideas come that would not have otherwise surfaced. Learning happens, expansion happens, and growth happens. We draw on family, church, and community support in the South, so why not carry that over into business too! I talked about this some in our last principle, The Lightening Bug Effect on Collaboration…
In his massively famous book Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill devotes all of chapter 10 to the subject ~ Power of the Master Mind.
The “Master Mind” may be defined as: “coordination of knowledge and effort, in the spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose…a group of brains coordinated (or connected) in a spirit of harmony will provide more thought-energy than a single brain, just as a group of electric batteries will provide more energy than a single battery.”
Enlisting a mentor, like your momma, takes collaboration a bit farther by always having someone you can go to for help and inspiration. Mentoring is a deeper level of collaboration and it holds power all it’s on. Go ahead and enlist your momma, your papa, your cousin Eddy, and anyone else who may hold wisdom to further your success! Become a student… a listener. It is remarkable what we can learn from others if we will only take the time to do so. Everyone has something to teach.
So, cheers to not being the smartest person in the room, to listening from time to time instead of talking, and to minding your elders
Soak up the wisdom of those that have gone before and soar my friend…soar!
And, don’t forget to mentor others. By teaching, we also learn.
What do you think about this principle of mentorship and collaboration? Let me know in the comments.
Until next time, may the soil beneath your bare feet be ever so soft,
XOXO Hil <3