Helps you focus
While spending time & traveling with Billy, He would ask about my family. “How is your dad/mom” he always asked. The first few times it had been weeks since I spoke with my parents. My general response was, “they are ok .” I would have to guess because I didn’t know for sure. “Never forget to call.” He went on to explain how it is easy to get busy, especially when you are young. But, “If you don’t stay close to them now you will regret it later on.” As a mentor Billy makes sure I focus; not on work but on family.
Helps you make your mark
The best mentors don’t tell you all the right answers instead they put you in the right environment. You have to make your “mark” before you make your “mark.” Using the example of Lee Iacocca, who made his “mark” with Ford Motor Company launching the Mustang, who then went on to make his “mark” as one of business history’s greatest comebacks as president at Chrysler Corporation. His success, coupled with appearances in television commercials and his best-selling book, made him one of the nation’s most known and admired businessmen.
Billy explained how Iacocca could have never been put in the position of president at Chrysler Corporation if he didn’t first launch the Mustang at Ford. Mentors put you in position to make your mark. I saved the picture from when Billy was explaining this to me. (Click above to see full.)
Adds value to others…
Those are a few traits that have made Billy Hornsby a great mentor.