If you are lucky enough to do well, it is your responsibility to send the elevator back down – Kevin Spacey
Such a simple and powerful thought yet tough to implement. There is data that tells us that half the world’s wealth now is in the hands of just 1% of the population. Success is not just about being the wealthiest but look at the other statistics like the fact that 8 out of 10 entrepreneurs who start businesses fail within the first 18 months (report by Bloomberg). A whopping 80% crash and burn. It is getting tougher to succeed today in-spite of the fact that entry barriers in a lot of businesses have lowered. So if you are in the percentage that succeeds it should be responsibility to share the best practices and mentor others too.
The reason I love the Kevin Spacey quote I started with is cause it typically does exemplify our behaviour. How often have u had to wait for the elevator to come down from the floor where the last rider may have gotten off? Am sure a lot of us haven’t even given this a second thought. Also most often we are always in the hurry to get somewhere ourselves and at that moment we are so occupied with our own destination that we don’t pause to worry about others.
As succesful people the best way to give back to the ones around you is to support them to succeed. Look around you today and you would notice a surge in consulting and coaching businesses cause we all need someone who can share best practices and be a sounding board for tough work decisions. What if we could together build an ethos of support and collaboration so we can all grow together. It would require to operate from an abundance mentality and to know that the size of the pie grows as most people succeed and not the other way around.
The best mentoring can happen by someone who has walked the path himself or herself. So lets agree to make a conscious effort to support all around us so we can grow together.