What is Mentoring?Mentoring is a supportive relationship between a mentor and someone who has sought them out. My work is based on the foundational principals of Zen Buddhism and draws on my decades of experience in Mentoring sucessful people.

My mentoring works usually focuses on the gap between where you are now and where you want to be. The most common reason that people give for seeking me out is, “I don’t want to be this way.” They have been struggling on their own and have finally decided that, to get more out of life, they need a guide – a mentor.

My Mentoring focuses on the person - on you. It helps you confront and find answers to basic questions about who you are, the purpose of your life is and the path you should be traveling. It helps you escape the trap your life may have become – to overcome the grief and waste. To open the true potential of your life.

What is The Objective of Mentoring?

To help you find your true path and begin living the life that is there for you to claim.

How Does Mentoring Work?

You don’t rush the foundation. If a world full of consultants, coaches and advisors selling the latest fix in a heated rush, Mentoring takes a slower, more deliberate approach. After all, the study of these foundational questions has been going on for well over 5,000 years!

For most people I work with, the shock comes when they realize that they have been building the second story of their life on a poorly build or non-existent foundation.

An inward journey is one back to the well-spring of life force – inward to the person you authentically are. It connects you with the incredible wonder and joy of being alive and the amazing potential that is alive within you.

We start with one or another basic text – books that I have found useful in building a solid foundation. Our sessions are weekly – generally via Skype. They run for between half an hour and an hour. There will be homework! Assignments can be reading, writing or doing something that involves other people.

What Makes for a Good Mentor?

A good Mentor is a combination of objective perspective and enthusiastic support. But most of all a good mentor is a spirit guide – someone who had traveled paths and knows how to navigate the dangers and avoid the dead ends.

Mentors are made by their experiences. As a friend was fond of saying, “It’s not the years Chief, it’s the miles.” Each person’s needs are different when it comes to choosing a mentor. Basically, you want someone who is not making the same mistakes that you are.

What Do Good Mentors Bring to the Table?

In an important way, a good mentor is like an alarm clock – it wakes you up when you are asleep. When asked what surprised him most about humans, the Dali Lama said:

“Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.
Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

A central idea in Zen Buddhism is that first you awaken and then everything becomes possible.

The Long View

A Mentor can help you take the long view of your life – to see how your current behaviors and beliefs are shaping your future.

How Much Does Mentoring Cost?

Zen Mentoring engagements are more intense than my on-line programs. The fee is set by the intensity of work we will be doing.

I look back on the first three months of my work with Dr. Smith with wonder. My journal reflects a journey of self-discovery so vast that I hardly recognize the person who wrote the first entries. It's been a year now and I am happier now than I have ever been.

PJ, Mentoring Client

"It's the most amazing experience I have ever had. I needed to find a new path. A friend recommended Dr. Smith. What was most amazing was the wisdom and perception that he brought. New vistas have opened up and, as a result, a new chapter in my life. There's no way that I could put a value on what he has contributed to my life."

Mentoring Client, CEO and Serial Entrepreneur

"Chief - that's how Dr.Smith was introduced to me and, based on our work together, I have come to understand why - helped me focus on the possibilities that I had been missing in my life. He guided through developing a new vision for my life. My life is richer because of working with him."

Mentoring Client

"Earl is a wise mentor with lots of experience. He has a great way of explaining things and getting you to look at them from another perspective. Dr. Smith is a tough mentor, but, if you can learn just some of what he knows, your life will change forever."

Mentoring Client, Deloitte

“Dr. Smith is a very different kind of mentor. If you’re looking for a warm and fuzzy adviser, this is the wrong guy for you. But if you are dedicated to change and want to be challenged by a very experienced mentor Earl may be just what you are looking for.”

CEO of Croix Connect and Host of ABC Radio’s ‘Taking Care of Business’

“Dr. Smith's mentorship has been of great value and inspiration to my personal and professional development. I felt the need to take a new direction. He helped me sort out the possibilities and showed me ones that I never considered. Working with him has been a truly life-changing experience.”

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