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    Former Guinness World Record Holder for largest book signing ever, Orrin Woodward is a NY Times bestselling author of And Justice For All along with RESOLVED & coauthor of LeaderShift and Launching a Leadership Revolution. His books have sold over one million copies in the financial, leadership and liberty fields. RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions For LIFE made the Top 100 All-Time Best Leadership Books and the 13 Resolutions are the framework for the top selling Mental Fitness Challenge personal development program.

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Mentoring: Do it & Let Them See You Do It

Posted by Orrin Woodward on May 4, 2013

Mentoring and Implementation

Here is the second half of the mentoring introduction. The mentoring process is crucial for building a LeaderShift within culture. The old saying lead, follow, or get out of the way is more relevant today than ever and LIFE will play its part in helping to restore liberty in North America and eventually the world.


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Personally, I have been blessed with wonderful students because I learned to stop listening to what people say and start watching what they do. Just as cream rises to the top, hungry students will reveal themselves within any organization. It is the mentors role to play talent scout and identify the hungry students, not by their words, but by their actions. Success requires both opportunity and preparedness. In the case of mentoring, the mentor offers an opportunity to the prepared mentee and if the student will implement, success will happen.

The mentoring process matters because the success or failure of the next-generation depends upon the quality of mentoring received. Furthermore, one’s personal success depends in large part on his ability to effectively apply the advice from great mentors. In short, consider the following:

1. The world never rises above the quality of its leaders; leadership determines destiny.

2. The quality of our leaders is directly impacted by their ability to mentor others.

3. A leader’s ability to mentor others is determined by his or her mentoring skills, and such skills can be developed and improved.

4. As we improve our mentoring skills and more effectively mentor others in our lives, we directly increase the quality of leadership in our world.

Accordingly, this book is filled with insights, nuggets, and techniques to help both mentors and mentees. Whether a person is an established leader looking to expand his ability to mentor or a hungry student looking to get on a mentors radar screen, this book will help immensely. Contained herein are 77 specific tools to enhance the mentoring process. I cannot recommend this book highly enough and wish I would have had access to this information when I began my leadership journey. It has taken me decades to unpack the wisdom served up in this book.

Author and business leader Jim Rohn (who mentored Tony Robbins, Mark Victor Hansen, Jack Canfield, and Brian Tracy, to name a few) said, “Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.” The reader is holding in his hands 77 fundamental tools to improve as a mentee and mentor. Read it, ponder its lessons, and then implement its teaching. Or, as William Wallace would say, “Do it and let them see you do it!”

25 Responses to “Mentoring: Do it & Let Them See You Do It”

  1. Chad Waters said

    Hi Orrin!

    Great Blog! I will get that book today! I would eat the “nails” today so why not another book!
    The power of reading is like having your first mentor right there!
    I will dive into it like a new math student trying to find the answers!!!!!!!!!!!

    Love the system and the stage life and your self have given us!

    • Orrin Woodward said

      Chad, the book will be a LLR subscription in another month. thanks, Orrin

      • Chad Waters said

        Thanks Orrin!

        Catherine will have a clean copy to read then! Lol the dyslexia I under line more then! I’m hungry so will order one today! I think mentoring or being the good mentee is a trip point for us all (or me anyway, or any 40/40 choleric)
        Thanks again!

    • Kevin Hamm said

      This looks like a book I will dive right into. If we are going to leave a legacy, mentor-ship will likely be a big part of it. Thanks again Orrin.

  2. I am looking forward to being able to read this book. I really need it. I am not surprised that it will be in our subscription. Thank you for all that you do Orrin and LIFE TEAM!!!

  3. Angie Ballah said

    Orrin, we are so thankful to have insight on how we can personally increase our level of influence within our home and communities to play our part in this leader shift! Your blog is a great compass to start my thoughts in the right direction each morning! Thank you for your tireless example and contribution!

  4. Richard Kroll Jr. said

    Thank you Orrin… for yet ANOTHER resource to help us GROW and the help OTHERS grow! I can’t wait to receive the book through my LLR Subscription when it is released!!!

  5. Tina Abernathy said

    Thanks for your mentorship through the years and you and Laurie priceless EXAMPLE!


  6. Chris VanDevere said

    Orrin you have always announced “leaders are readers.” Could this be the kernel advice of your mentorship process?

    Jim Rohn once expounded on the sublety of failure. He surmised that a person who fails to read for ninety days suffers only the silent consequences of lost opportunity. Lost opportunity is a tragedy in all lives, but worse yet is the tragedy of not recognizing the lost opportunity. The “harmless” nature of the decision not to read would seem to justify not reading for another ninety days. . . and so the years pass! So goes an unfulfilled life in this society; and so goes an unfulfilled society — filled with quiet desperation for a change, and apathy for that action which would create a change.

    BTW: query as to the cost of the mentoring moment created by your post? Perhaps $15 or $20 less than a book by Mr. Rohn? And what of the value of APPLYING the advice provided? Any mathematicians in the crowd?

    Thank you again.

  7. Christine Fleury said

    Wow makes so much sense. “The world will never rise above the quality of its leaders”. Thanks for creating such a great way to find quality mentors, learn to be mentored, and also grow our own ability to mentor others. Sometimes we don’t realize how much we’ve grown when we are with ourselves every day, but thinking about it now, I can tell that my husband and I are DRAMATICALLY better in all of these than we were before we joined the team. Still learning to build a big community- being intentional and consistent (as you quoted “success is neither magical nor mystereious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.”) Working on that part! 🙂 but even so, we are amazed at the incredible mentorship we have been blessed to have, and even at the influence and voice we have somehow come to have in the lives of others. We always wanted to make a difference, and our ability to actually do that…to actually make a positive lasting meaningful impact in the lives of others is immeasurably greater since being part of the Life community.
    Thanks again, for all you and Laurie do, and to all the Policy Council for continually leading the way in this desperately needed leadershift. Lookin forward to the next few years!!

  8. Heidi said

    Looking forward to it, Orrin! It is a subject that hasn’t been done justice in written form. Thank you!

  9. Steve Sager said

    When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.

    Leading by example… as William Wallace says “Do it!…And let them see you do it!”

    Steve Sager
    Stealth UF

  10. Rob Robson said

    I am so fired up for this book Orrin!!!

  11. Elizabeth Sieracki said

    I will seek, study and apply the 77!!! Thank you Orrin.

  12. Really great pointers. Thank you, Orrin Woodward, and your LIFE company.

  13. CJ Calvert said

    Looking forward to getting my copy in the mail!

  14. Scott Staley said

    I look forward to getting a copy – I like your answer re mentor with them not because of the name, but because of the actions that made the name. Great advice always. Thanks for setting the bar high, and being a phenomenal example to follow!

  15. Micah Kramer said

    We sure love William Wallace quotes in Houston!! 🙂 Can’t wait for this book. Thanks for sharing the intro to fire up our appetites!
    The LIFE “solution” is rocking!!! It will be great to see you all in Columbus in June!

    Micah Kramer

  16. Melissa McClure said

    Thanks for your leadership. Thank you for the insight on how to be a good student. I needed to read that today.

  17. Keith Sieracki said

    Mentor Leaders will a necessity for growing the next generation of leaders, but first we have to be Student leaders.

  18. I am so blessed and thankful for the mentorship I receive in LIFE. Can’t wait to get my hands on this book! Thanks Orrin

  19. Matt Mielke said

    If it were not for the LIFE business, I would not have understood the importance of mentoring. I am so grateful to Dan and Lisa Hawkins, George and Jill Guzzardo and the Woodwards for their example and mentoring.

  20. Peggi Kern said

    After reading this portion of the intro. to the new book, I can’t wait to get my hands on it! I’m glad it will come down in the LLR subscription. Thanks, Orrin!

  21. Kirk Birtles said

    Thanks again for always being a hungry student, which is one of the great qualities that defines you as a great mentor!

    God bless,

  22. Bob Rasmussen said

    Sounds like a fantastic book! Can’t wait for it to come out on LLR! Thanks Orrin!

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