Purpose Whisperer – Every Person Needs a Mentor
The well you drink from is the well that you think from and, eventually, it is the well that you become. This is the first thought that comes to my mind as I think about the impact of Dr. Myles Munroe on my life. I first met Dr. Munroe when I was at best a floor lamp of diffused energy being pulled in a million different directions. I was purposeless, demotivated, and quickly becoming an annoying echo instead of an original voice. His prolific writing watered the garden of my mind and helped me understand that, at times in life, you have to be replanted into a new garden of thinking for your leaves to bloom.
Our relationship was developed over a 20-year period through watching him in action, breaking bread, and talking to him over the phone. I will never forget one lengthy conversation during a business trip to the Bahamas, where he lived. I was conducting a workshop for the staff at the exquisite Atlantis Resort and Dr. Munroe received a phone call from the vice president of the Atlantis Resort stating that I sounded just like him and asked if he knew me. Well, I called him later on, and he told me how proud he was and that I must start expanding globally. The mentor's job is to paint a bigger reality than you think is possible.
Dr. Munroe was a multi-dimensional thinker. He understood that within every brain there is a mind, within every mind there is a mental model, within every mental model there is a shaper, and within every shaper, there is an agenda. His agenda was for me to find my purpose and run after it like my hair was on fire. As the purpose whisperer, he would say, “Where there is no purpose, abuse is inevitable; there's no self-control, no moral conviction, and no ethical boundaries.”
If you don’t have a copy of his book in Pursuit of Purpose, I highly recommend it. Dr. Munroe said, “Every product is a child of purpose. In other words, before any product is made, there is a purpose established in the mind of the manufacturer that gives conception to the idea, which becomes the substance for the design and production of the product. Thus, purpose precedes production." Is your head spinning? Mine was as I tried to wrap my brain around his thought process. A mentor should stretch your thinking until your brain hurts.
I will never forget attending a dinner with another mentor, Dr. Mark Chironna, Dr. Myles Munroe, and several other people. I sat watching these extraordinary men share their insight. However, when Dr. Munroe started talking, you could hear a pin drop and no one moved. He shared from a deep well of profound wisdom with an enlightened global worldview that was music to my ears. I said to myself, one day, that’s what I am going to do.
My last time together was when one of Dr. Munroe’s best friends, Bob Harrison of Tulsa, Oklahoma USA invited me to speak at a conference in California, USA. For the first time, I was sharing the stage with my mentor, Dr. Munroe. I was both nervous and intimidated. Somehow, I got through the 45-minute presentation. Dr. Munroe was the closing speaker. When he finished his remarks, he felt led to pray for a few people. I was in the back minding my business and, somehow ended up at the front of the room and Dr. Munroe spoke an inspired word to me in front of 500 leaders from around the world.
It was captured on video, and I often look at it to remind me of my divine purpose. He was indeed the Purpose Whisperer. He would often say, “Until purpose is discovered, existence has no meaning. Every man needs a mentor who will speak truth into his life.” Who are your mentors? Whoever speaks into your life has your ear, and their counsel will determine if you live a purposeful or purposeless life.