If you’re anything like me, you are struggling with, or have struggled with, the reality that you’re the skinny kid who’s hiding in the shower costume at the school dance.
You’re hearing me – all 5 foot nothing, 100-pound nothing Daniel Larusso from the Karate Kid. He’s the one with his sweat pants pulled up to his armpits, a black eye and who got a raw egg smashed over his forehead.
In fact, there have probably been a few (if not many) times where you felt like you were the one running from the Cobra Kai across a dark field. These are the times in your niche where you felt overpowered and unprepared for battle, and that you were desperately waiting for a stranger to come jumping down from a fence to save you from a beating.
Everyone Needs a Mr. Miyagi as a Mentor
I don’t know about you, but very seldom in life can I do things on my own. I don’t mean that in a feeble and incapable way, but I’m referring to the business world where I fail to know everything.
Believe it or not, I never graduated college, don’t have formal training in computers or technology and have taught myself everything I know about the internet, WordPress and working online.
One thing that has helped me along the way was having a mentor. I think in some ways, we all have the need to rely on someone to help us be successful. Even professional athletes have mentors – whether it be strength trainers, nutrition coaches or the likes.
What you need, especially in times of struggle, is someone who has walked in your shoes before. Someone who has fought your battle, or knows how to sand the floor. In fact, they should even know how to wax on and wax off.
Do You Know How to Paint the Fence?
How many of you are out there trying to make a living in a niche where you don’t know much about it? One that promised profits and “seemed” like a good one to get into.
Hearsay can sometimes be deceiving.
Just because some tells you to step inside a karate ring because you can make some money doing it so doesn’t mean it’s a great idea. In other words, if you don’t know what you’re doing, don’t step into the ring.
But wait… that doesn’t mean you should (never) step into the ring. It means you need to be prepared to do so.
Let’s face it – Daniel Larusso would have gotten the beatdown of his life had he fought Johnny in the middle of the movie. But with the help of a mentor like Mr. Miyagi, Larusso trained for the fight and learned what he needed to in order to come out victorious. (And he did)
When’s the last time you read a book or took a course about the niche you’re in? Do you consider yourself prepared for battle? Do you have the knowledge and what it takes to come out on top?
When All Else Fails, Clap Your Hands and Rub
So there are times where you’ve prepared for the fight, or to prepared to compete within your niche. You’ve fought a tough fight. You’re worn out and you’ve been back and forth with your opponent(s). Maybe you’ve taken some cheap shots, or they swept your leg unfairly.
Don’t throw in the towel.
When all else fails, dig deep and look within. Seek your mentor and tell them you can’t do it anymore. Tell them you need them more ever.
Because if you reach out for help, maybe your Mr. Miyagi will clap his hands and heal you…