Following my mentor from the coffee shop, we strolled over the crosswalk, into the civic center park.
“Look for mature, servant leadership in your employer, and anyone whom you place your trust. A leader won’t require what he doesn’t exemplify. While I speak in the masculine, I know many women who model the virtues that increase wealth, specifically, patience and thrift. A mature, servant leader has no personal habits that are destructive to the mind, body, spirit, or business. They listen more than they speak, and rarely interrupt. Most people constantly profess their ignorance, rather than silence themselves and learn. A leader treats workers well, balancing the relationship between familiarity and strictness. Leaders don’t speak harsh to people. When constructive feedback is required, a leader speaks in private, where fair and reasonable words can be received. When faced with a sudden challenge or problem, mature, servant leaders remain calm and open to new ideas.”
My mentor paused for a few moments to smell the freshly bloomed roses in the public garden. Eager to get back to our discussion of my career, I asked, “What sort of job should I look for?”
“None,” he answered, and continued smelling the roses.
Somehow, I felt compelled to silence myself, yet at the same time, I felt overwhelmed by fear. Suddenly, it became clear that I could no longer spend my life as a dabbler. I must focus my energy and efforts on the success my mentor suggested. At the same time, I realized the way into future prosperity and happiness is uncertain.
Chris Bryant is an American financial advisor.