How Can Younger and Older People Succeed Together?

Self-awareness and storytelling are key.

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In this backstage interview from Leadercast Live 2018, leadership communicator and author Andy Stanley explains why young leaders should rely on seasoned professionals to help them on their journey to success.

“You need to go find someone who has arrived where you one day hope to arrive,” Andy advises to young leaders. “You need to ask them this question, ‘Give me your map. Give me your map, the good and the bad, the rabbit trails, the things you wish you hadn't done. I want to know your story, because you are, appears to me, where I would like to be one day, not just professionally and financially, the whole package.’”

Watch the video to learn more from Andy about how generations can support one another.

You cannot shortcut maturity. Maturity takes time. Even if you have exceptional skill and exceptional talent, that doesn't mean you're mature. It just means you have exceptional skill and exceptional talent. I think the younger we are, the more self-aware we have to work to become. The person that can recognize that will be the person that is more prone to talk to the person who is more seasoned, because when you take youth and extraordinary talent and you blend it with the seasoning that comes with people who have been there and done that... I mean, that's a recipe for success. Again, in our early 20s and 30s, that just doesn't come natural.

My advice through the years to young leaders has been this: You know sort of where you want to end up relationally, professionally, financially, whatever it might be, you need to go find someone who has arrived where you one day hope to arrive, and you need to ask them this question, "Give me your map. Give me your map, the good and the bad, the rabbit trails, the things you wish you hadn't done. I want to know your story, because you are, appears to me, where I would like to be one day, not just professionally and financially, the whole package. I want to end up with a wife or husband that still loves me. Kids that love me, but I want to eat and live indoors. I want to accomplish great things. I want to leave my mark on the world." Find people who are there, who are ahead of you and just say, "I'll buy you coffee. I'll buy you lunch. I'm not asking you to mentor me."

In fact, you should never ever ask anyone to mentor you. You should just ask them these types of specific questions because everybody loves to tell their story and in hearing a person's story, you will gain so much wisdom from the person who's been there and done that, that you just can't have because of the season of life you're in. I say find the folks who are where you hope to one day be and just learn as much from them as possible.
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Andy Stanley

Leadership communicator, best-selling author and founding pastor of North Point Ministries Andy Stanley inspires tens of thousands of people. Andy founded Atlanta-based North Point Ministries in 1995, leading six churches in the Atlan...

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