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4 Characteristics Of Being A Great Giant

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In my life, both personal and professional, when I have been knocked down, there have been some great Giants that came along and picked me up from my feet to help me get back on track. They observed my situation that reminded them of circumstances they had previously been in. By sharing their own stories, they tried to help, not by telling me what to do, but instead by getting me to see things through a different set of lenses – the lenses of experience. The value of this support has been immeasurable.

Most mentors are passionate about helping others, especially when they see people suffering and when they believe that they can do something that can help to relieve it. In these situations, a mentor who shares their journey with a person demonstrates empathy and compassion, which reminds them that they are not alone. This simple act can change a person’s life forever.

Here are 4 characteristics of a great Giant:

Be a great communicator.

Cultivate a mastery of language and expression. You have the ability to be an effective communicator and to use it in a way that can entertain, educate, and inspire people every day.

Use your words to encourage.

At one time in my life, criticizing others and launching attacks on my opponents was the only way I could stay in control of situations, but invariably, the consequences were negative. No doubt this approach left others feeling unhappy, but it also did the same to me, causing an inner turmoil that was difficult to resolve. Giants need to be highly attuned to the feeling of others, but also to themselves so they can measure their responses by remaining calm in stressful situations.

Master Criticism.

Being a Giant means tapping into the “better angels of our nature”, to use our strengths in service for others – a purpose that is much higher than ourselves and whatever personal gain we may think we will achieve. This means being able to listen to others and what they think and feel about us.

Discipline to build character.

To actually be a true Giant or Mentor requires actively engaging in a process of self-reflection and a willingness to sculpt one’s character into one that focuses outside of itself. It first means taking an honest look at yourself and being able to acknowledge both your strengths and the areas that need work. By acknowledging your strengths, you can use these to help others who could benefit from them. Helping others is one of the most powerful ways to shape your character and to finding your true purposes in life.

One of the objectives of The MENTOR+ project is to bring Giants – aka mentors – together with individuals or organizations that are in need of exactly this type of guidance. We are currently building an online social community platform that will make that much easier.

Please join me in helping build a life story for yourself and others. I am excited and passionate about the Mentor+ community and what it will have to offer. Sign-up and we will keep you posted on further developments.

BE A GIANT!

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Greg Johnston
Founder
The Mentor+ Project and Hitch+

A star wants to see himself rise to the top. A leader wants to see those around him rise to the top.” – Simon Sinek

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