Making Fries at Home
And why we all should pursue mentorship
Good morning! Have you attempted to make homemade french fries?
Somehow, I managed to have an extra 10 pounds of potatoes lying around at home for the past week that I haven’t really done anything with. So, I decided to take a stab at making homemade fries.
It wasn’t long before I realized a great variety of lessons from such a simple exercise. First off, if you don’t know exactly how to do something, it is often pretty difficult to reverse-engineer it and figure out exactly what you need to do to achieve what you’re looking for. Second, there are a ton of ways to achieve very similar results.
I don’t know if you’ve ever held someone in such high regard that you wanted to live their life and have all of their success, but I can tell you this: trying to reverse engineer the results somebody has achieved in life without asking them about the process is like trying to make McDonald’s fries at home without having asked anybody how to do it.
You see, there’s always more than meets the eye when it comes to success, and those you deem successful don’t show all their cards; no matter what you do, if you do not outright talk to people and ask about what they are doing or have done to achieve the results they have in life, you will not be able to figure it out. You simply can’t see all the behind-the-scenes grunt-work involved in people’s lives.
Not only can you not reverse-engineer other people’s lives just by observing them from a distance, but you also would never know that the person that seems like they’ve got the greatest marriage is actually on the brink of divorce, or that the most cheerful person you know contemplates suicide on a weekly basis.
So, here’s the deal: you can try to make your fries yourself, and kudos to you; you can try to just look at the lives of those you look up to and attempt to recreate the steps you think they’ve taken to get to where they are at, but if you keep at a far distance, you won’t necessarily know what to do (even if you were to eat McDonald’s fries every day for a year, if you didn’t work there, you still wouldn’t know how to make them at home).
This morning, I want to encourage you to move forward in your pursuit of wisdom by seeking out mentorship; look for people with the life results you want to have, and ask them about what they are doing behind-the-scenes to achieve the results they have. As I said, you can attempt to make fries on your own, but if you were to simply ask someone that already makes fries how to do it, they would be able to guide and mentor you for much better results.
God bless you, have a great day!