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If you have noticed, I have been reading on techniques to
broaden and
accelerate
my career. This is not a bad thing, as you gain usable information to incorporate into your strategy.

The problem is, many people swear by one expert or another and demand you follow exactly in their steps and adopt their strategy exactly without variation.

For example, my mentor is a devotee of Jon Acuff. Jon is a big believer of rising early to create strategy and encourages his followers to do the same. As as result, my mentor rises at 4am to meet with other Acuff followers to reflect candidly on their dreams. She is insisting I do the same; the exact same thing in not so subtle a fashion.

This is what happens to me if I try this...



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I cannot work like that. My burst of creativity and reflection is at 11:00am. That's when I feel the most productive and the most reflective. I can adjust, plan, and strategize (yes, there is no such word in the dictionary, but it works for me!)

If I rise at 4am, I'm more than likely going to watch videos of Wild life fighting, mating, or eating. Yes, business can seem like all three at once, but it does not fit the task at hand.

I cannot seem to make my mentor understand I am not built for mornings, but mid-morning coffee / brunch I can find new ideas and inspiration; while the 4am_ers are crashing.

The one thing I learned in Grad School is that you cannot - ever - take a theory or product that is tailored for one enterprise and whole writ incorporated into another. You have to formulate and mold into an organization.

Perhaps it's time to find a new mentor.

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