We have all heard the old saying “Give a man to fish and he will eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.” I have had many mentors of the years and all of them have been teaching me how to fish. I have always wondered why these mentors have always shared their wisdom with me but never given me any handouts.
FOR YEARS, I HAVE THOUGHT THAT I HAVE BEEN DOING SOMETHING WRONG
I have one of these mentors say to me “Eric, if you can find a way to help a million people solve a problem my boy, you will help yourself financially”. So that is the million dollar question; how do we help million people on this earth solve a problem? We’ll the first thing we have to do is identify a problem through root cause analysis. I have learned a lot being in management at all my past jobs and the one thing that remains consistent is that if we have a problem, we always look for the root cause of the problem.
The root cause is what actually caused the problem. If I trained someone to do a job, and they aren’t performing well, I need to see if it’s a skill or a will issue. So back to the problem that I would help solve, here’s an idea: Right now, we all lack confidence in ourselves and our abilities or we have skills but don’t know how to make the most of those skills. Football teams don’t have quarterbacks playing corner for a reason. Running backs aren’t playing on the defensive line either. So the problem is the development of people, and if we work on that, we will have more people chasing their dreams, being happy, and more EFFECTIVE.
If we could teach more people how to fish instead of giving them fish, wouldn’t it be more beneficial to the person. We teach them how to fish for their craft just like a fisherman fishes for the right meal to feed the family. So how do we do that? What’s stopping most of us from chasing that “thing” we are supposed to is US. That’s right; I said it, US and we all know it’s true. So if we can get out of our OWN way, we could change the scenery of our future as well as the future of AMERICA!
Any fisherman knows though you must have the right bait. So get to the root cause of your problems and get the bait necessary, to catch the “right fish”! Good Luck, you’re going to need it!!!
Eric W. Black
Mirror Motivation Media
CEO & President