This week’s blog is from Terrass Misher, better known as Razz, better known as The Organizer, better known as The Eternal Fountain of Fresh Ideas. AND soon-to-be-better-known-as The Energy Behind E-MasterCast.Read on as Razz shares his story, his enthusiasm for life and his atlas to success. FYI – The Creative Coast’s blogspot is Savannah’s sounding board for local thinkers, innovators, wanderers and wonders. Guest bloggers share their thoughts, opinions and creative noodling from all over the map…
To keep it real from the start, this system is not going to be something new to you. It’s also going to sound very simple and straightforward, but I promise you it works. If it didn’t work, I wouldn’t be writing to you right now. I put this system into action for myself and accomplished many of my goals. Including starting E-MasterCast.
I’m a black man, from a poor family, raised by six women, in a single parent home, in a bad neighborhood. I was destined for an institutional lifestyle from the start, but now I’m here talking to you. It’s the same process I’ve used my entire life, I just finally put it to words. And you (Creative Coast fans) get the exclusive first look at the system before I introduce it to the world.
To begin, “Your Personal Success Map” is a really catchy title, but what it really is, is a goals achieving system, and it consists of three parts: Mentors Accountability Purpose – M.A.P.
The world’s most successful people have great mentors and it’s the number one thing standing between you and achieving your goals.
Maya Angelou was Oprah’s mentor, Warren Buffet mentored Bill Gates, Jim Rohn mentored Tony Robbins, and the greatest mentor-mentee duo of all time…Luke Skywalker and Yoda.
What are you looking for in a mentor?
A great mentor motivates, directs and corrects. The key is to trust in them wholeheartedly and to follow their plan with conviction.
Another thing that most successful mentees say is that they have “many mentors.” And that’s what I want to get through to you more than anything else, you need a mentor for every aspect of your life. Business, family, spiritual, health, relationships and finance. Why is this important? Because people (even the ones you admire) are fallible and imperfect. Even though they may excel in one aspect of life, they likely fall short in another.
Your mentors don’t have to be people either. They can be books, poems, ideologies, podcasts, etc.
For example, my current business mentor is the book Traction by Gabriel Weinberg. My podcasting mentor is Jordan Harbinger of “The Art of Charm Podcast.” My spirituality/religious mentor is Howard Thurman. My financial mentor currently is YNAB by Jesse Mecham.
How many of you played sports in high school or college? Let me guess, you never missed a practice? But now that you’re out of school and on your own, you struggle to even go to the gym. Why is that? The same is true for many entrepreneurs who quit their 9-5. Why is it easy to show up on time and never take a day off for a job that you hate, but as soon as you launch your own business, you can’t even wake up before 10?
Entrepreneurs especially, need accountability. We’re such free spirits that we can’t be controlled! No one can contain our awesomeness! The man can’t keep us down!
Unfortunately, with that mentality we keep ourselves down. I work harder when I feel like I might be the weakest link on the team. I understand that I might not be the best, but I absolutely hate being the worst. So I know that when I start a new workout routine or a new business venture, that I have others depending on me to get my job done.
Why are you submitting yourself to the torture of being an entrepreneur? What’s your purpose? What do you want to do in the world? Some of you immediately began thinking big, when I said that. And that’s good. Some of you are thinking that you can’t do it because you’ve never done anything great before. And you’re wrong. Some of you just don’t know what to do. And that’s ok.
But I want to challenge everyone to think small for a second. If you could just help one person, what would you do for them? I recently lost a family friend who was always there for us growing up. He died and I couldn’t even make it to his funeral because I didn’t have time off of work. I hadn’t seen him in almost a year. Because of a health complication he had to have both of his legs amputated while he was still in his 60’s. And then, the day after Christmas 2015, he was found dead in his home.
I would have helped him. If I had the money and the time, I would have helped him. I would have showed him that he could have started a podcast and given hope to someone else in his situation. I would have taken him traveling and showed him more of the world outside of our small town. I would have upgraded his home to make it easier to move through.
Who would you help? What would you do for them? That’s your purpose. There’s a difference between purpose and passion. Passion is what you love. Purpose is why you’re loved. We can have a lot of passions. But only one purpose.
Lastly, I’m going to tell you something else profound, and it’s one of your huge takeaways from this post: “To know thyself is the true purpose of life.” Know what your strengths and weaknesses, know your past present and future, know what you hate and what you love, know the difference between your friends and enemies. Know your Personal Success MAP!
So to review – – Mentors, Accountability, Purpose. Learn what these are for your goals in life and I promise you this map will lead you to wherever you want to go.
Go to emastercast.com/creativecoast and you can get a free copy of a worksheet I put together just for you guys.