Mindset Mastery 113 – Mentoring Lives On

Back in Hill’s day they called it “apprenticeship”. While that term is by no means dead, you might identify with a more modern term, mentoring. It is still, and probably always will be, the most human way to succeed and a most effective way to learn any task or subject.

Apprenticeship Proposed

“Proposing a system of ‘apprenticing’ students in offices, stores and industrial occupations during the summer vacation, Mr. Moore asserts that after the first two or three years of college, every student should be asked ‘to choose a definite future course and to call a halt if he has been merely pleasantly drifting without purpose through an unspecialized academic curriculum.’

mentor“Colleges and universities must face the practical consideration that all professions and occupations now demand specialists,” he said, urging that educational institutions accept more direct responsibility for vocational guidance. One of the most reliable and practical sources of knowledge available to those who need specialized schooling, is the night schools operated in most large cities. The correspondence schools give specialized training anywhere the U. S. mails go, on all subjects that can be taught by the extension method. One advantage of home study training is the flexibility of the study program which permits one to study during spare time. Another stupendous advantage of home study training (if the school is carefully chosen), is the fact that most courses offered by home study schools carry with them generous privileges of consultation which can be of priceless value to those needing specialized knowledge. No matter where you live, you can share the benefits.”

Out Of Infancy

It’s funny to look back and see the roots of some of the most successful and beneficial developments in education and knowledge acquisition. Homestudy and now remote study via the internet have become ideal ways to learn things like wealth creation and other important personal subjects, especially when local access is lacking.

The other important point Hill makes here is that those who find themselves in a wrong course of study or work should not hesitate to right that wrong. Forget about what you “should” do because you have vested time or money, and be true to yourself. In the end, it’s the way to the biggest personal payoff, and to your highest level of personal happiness.

Sean Rasmussen
Success Communicator
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About Sean Rasmussen

Sean Rasmussen is a passionate blogger and has been a full time internet marketer since 2005. When he's not with his family, or dog Buddy, Sean is usually blogging or doing something related to the internet.


  1. It is true that to be successful you really do need to find a great mentor. But where to look and find one has been my biggest issue?
    The most successful mentors (yes are brilliant) but either do not have the time to take any more people on, or charge an arm and a leg. So where can one go to find a successful coach, that will be true to themselves, true to us and most importantly take the time to help others to succeed? That is my challenge!!!

  2. Be true to oneself and don’t be afraid to change a career path if it’s not the right one for you – is a wise message.
    When learning new skills, finding a teacher who has walked the talk and is in the profession themselves is of great benefit.

    I see that Sean Rasmussen is one of these people who fits the bill as a great teacher.

    • Although you can learn to like something you will excel at something much faster if you already like it. I just wish there were as many “distance career” opportunities now as there were distance education courses.

      I, too, see Sean as a wise teacher and love the lessons I’m learning both from him and all of his students. This may just be the best public school system out there today.

      I wonder how many websites there will be 30 years from now dedicated to the teachings of Sean.
      .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..You Are the Reason I Know It Will Happen =-.

  3. It’s really hard to change paths when you’ve spent years and years of study, training and work on that particular path. But when you break free to really follow your true dreams, it’s so liberating and empowering.
    .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..Taking the leap to work for yourself =-.

    • But if you spend years and years and also worked in that field I don’t think you thought it is totally wrong for you. And if that is the case you learned something that you will carry with you into your next challenge.
      And that’s an additional great skill you will probably be happy to have.
      .-= Renee´s last blog ..Motivational Music =-.

  4. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    I think Napoleon Hill was ahead of the times in many ways. Many of the avenues we have for getting an education today existed even then. I just think that you need to find the way that is right for you.

    Also, I think it’s important to be true to yourself in every aspect of your life, not just with getting an education. If something isn’t working, you need to change it.

  5. As long as you learn something and enjoy that I think no training is waisted. It just might take you a little bit longer to get where you wanted.
    But if you study something just because someone told you that would be good for you and you hate the whole thing and have to drag yourself there every day and don’t see the point – then it is time to change something drastically.
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..Motivational Music =-.

    • Hi Renee,

      I agree with you. There is value in every experience, even the ones we don’t enjoy. Sometimes we learn what we do want by doing what we don’t want.

      The bottom line is though, we need to recognise when we need a change. If we are unhappy and unfulfilled, then it’s definitely time to make a change.
      .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Finding Your Passion =-.

  6. “Forget about what you “should” do”… certainly easier typed than done. In a country that values degrees and “paper” more than knowledge I find it too difficult to decide what to spend my money on. Courses that I would love to do, and so would excel at, are not valued in my province as an industry I would find a job in. I work alongside so many people how are working at a mediocre job outside of their field of education simply to pay off their student loans. Salaries are higher in entry level jobs than careers that require the education people pay for. It’s certainly a mixed up world I live in.
    .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..You Are the Reason I Know It Will Happen =-.

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