Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Catherine watched the bicycle mechanic every time she was in the shop. He would attach the bike to a workstand and diagnose what needed to be fixed. Starting with the wheels, into the gears, onto the brakes and finishing with the handlebars. A year ago, the parts of a bicycle and how it worked were a mystery to her. But, like everything, once you learn a little bit, it's easy enough to pick up the next thing and the next. From fixing a flat tire to: How does a chain work? What's a brake cable? How do you true a wheel? What was once difficult was becoming clearer. And the more she watched the old man in the shop, the more she learned. She also saw her older brother work on his bicycle. When he didn't know how to do something, Catherine taught him a few things. Soon, she was fixing all of her friends' bicycles and even her dad's. Eventually, familiar visits to the old bike shop gave Catherine the confidence to ask the old man if he needed any help.

Virtually everything you learn is by observing. You study, absorb and discover how to get it right. In one way or another, you had a teacher, mentor or advisor show you the best practices, which eventually formed your goals and dreams. Now that you have new goals and an ultimate direction, who are you learning from? Is there an old man at the bike shop to teach you the way? Do you have a "Mr. Miyagi" to help you on your journey? Who is your mentor? Watch and learn good habits and skills. If your goals are a road map to success, your mentor can be the guide.

Joel Yeast