Super Mentor

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Mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. It’s a relation between mentor and protégé, godfather and apprentice, rabbi and mentee. Anthony is a mentor cause he never gave the words more importance than they deserved. He knew when people talked from their heart with wisdom and experience.

Submitted: June 29, 2017

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Mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. It's a relation between mentor and protégé, godfather and apprentice, rabbi and mentee... Whatever how they call it, just stick to the first sentence and don't get impressed by words you don't understand. Sophisticated words are sometimes used to impress, to show off... But this is just bullshit. Try to understand the essence, the message, the underlying meaning. This is the real thing, the wisdom, the knowledge, the depth of the mind and spirit. Words just flow on the surface. They are superficials. Look for the depth hiding behind the words and you'll have the insight to become a mentor.

Anthony is a mentor cause he never gave the words more importance than they deserved. He knew when people talked from their heart with wisdom and experience. And people who pretended but were just the opposite, good actors, nothing more. Empty souls that sound great on the surface but have no real consistency. Empty words that sound great to the ears but not to the soul. You need a great sensitivity, you need your mind and soul awake, you need to feel the "Magic" inside you. Otherwise it will be "A Bridge Too Far" to cross.

How Anthony became a mentor? He needed "The Dawning", "The Remains of the Day", "A Change of Seasons", "Legend of the Falls", "Desperate Hours", "A Chorus of Disapproval", "The Lion in Winter", and finally, "The Silence of the Lambs". Through all these experiences he learned and grew up. He needed also his own mentors: "The Good Father", "The Elephant Man", "Uncle Vanya", "The Girl from Petrovka", "Audrey Rose", "Chaplin", "Nixon", "Titus", "Hannibal", "Alexander", "Bobby", "The Wolfman", "Thor", "Hitchcock", and "Noah". He has had more mentors than protégé in his life, despite being a mentor for more than 20 years. He lacked self-confidence and kept looking for new mentors until he couldn't find any. To "Meet Joe Black" gave him the final answer. For sure when you meet and talk with Death you run out of questions. And when you don't have any questions left, only answers, you're ready to be a mentor.

He took his time, but he got his reward. He became a great mentor, except with French people. When he introduced himself in French, he would do it in a way that sounded just wrong.

"Je suis un menteur". (I am a liar)

What he really meant was :

"I am a mentor"

But he couldn't get the French accent right (bad pronunciation). As a result, he never got a French protégé. As funny as it sounds, protégé is a French word. How ironic!

One of the main focus of his teaching is how to achieve true happiness. He says it's quite simple. A "Shortcut to Happiness" is all you need. Listening to your "Instinct" is another advice he gives. Avoiding "Bad Company" is avoiding the wrong examples. "The Innocent" escapes "The Trial". "All Creatures Great and Small" have to avoid "Misconduct". He also strongly believes that Death is "The City of Your Final Destination". Joe Black told him so when they left the party together under the eyes of his daughter Claire.

During the National Mentoring Summit, he was invited to make a speech. He did well and was very convincing. He always was, except when trying to speak French.

"My philosophy is: It's none of my business what people say of me and think of me. I am what I am and I do what I do. I expect nothing and accept everything. And it makes life so much easier."

The next day, the press, his followers on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook... made some comments about his speech. Life is so complicated when you make comments on what people say and what people do. It seems the press and the followers are not gonna follow Anthony's philosophy. But as he doesn't expect anything, and accept everything from them; he just takes it easy and don't care. This is the bottom line: mind your own business makes life so much easier.

"We are dying from overthinking. We are slowly killing ourselves by thinking about everything. Think. Think. Think. You can never trust the human mind anyway. It's a death trap."

The problem with overthinking is that there's no room left for feeling. And it leads to a death trap. Feel. Feel. Feel. You can always trust the human heart, any way.

"Relish everything that's inside of you, the imperfections, the darkness, the richness and light and everything. And that makes for a full life."

Making a full life so much easier is the road to fulfillment of the human soul according to Anthony's philosophy. Don't keep anything inside you. Express yourself, don't repress yourself. It's human nature.

"Try not to be concerned with it. It's a spiritual thing. Don't look for the results, don't live in the payoff. Live in the moment which is a spiritual principle. Live in the moment and let the results take care of themselves. It's in the hands of God. The rest is all ego. And I have learned, over the years, it's got nothing to do with me. As my life is none of my business."

Mind your own business taken to the next level becomes: don't mind your own business. Then, who will? God will, because it's God's Will, it's in his hands. But what if you don't believe in God? It would mean you don't have spiritual principles. But for some people life is so much easier without spiritual principles...

"The way to make better decisions is to make more of them. Then make sure you learn from each one, including those that don't seem to work out in the short term: they will provide valuable distinctions to make better evaluations and therefore decisions in the future. Realize that decision making, like any skill you focus on improving, gets better the more often you do it."

Master your craft, practice makes it perfect, polish your skills... I'm sure you already heard it from the mouth of successful people.

Then Anthony ended his speech with a controversial sentence.

"I love life because what more is there?"

If he had said: "I love life", it would have been perfect. But for the bit that followed, it provoked such polemics that the audience was mixed. They were shared between the boos and the applauses. And this is how the world goes. Shared between hate and love, hell and paradise, the devil and God, death and life, violence and peace, black and white,... A world of opposites sharing the same bed at night, making love and fighting. Live life passionately, intensely,... and you'll die with no regrets.

"So, goodnight Anthony. Is it true that at some point in your life Hannibal Lecter was your mentor? If true, I would say even the worst people have a thing to teach us."


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