WTF!? What's The Formula Podcast

The Mentorship Journey: Cultivating Resilience and Unveiling Growth with Jordan and Don

February 10, 2024 Ernest Moss Season 1 Episode 5
WTF!? What's The Formula Podcast
The Mentorship Journey: Cultivating Resilience and Unveiling Growth with Jordan and Don
WTF!? What's The Formula Podcast
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Have you ever wondered about the true impact of coaching and mentorship in your life? That's the heart of our latest podcast episode, where we peel back the layers of personal growth with our mentee Jordan, and how his hesitancy turned into invaluable life lessons through our mentorship program. Join us as we hear from both Jordan and Don, who bring to life the vitality and diversity of paths that young individuals can pursue when they're armed with guidance and encouragement. Their stories are more than just tales of success; they're vivid reminders of how a conversation or a piece of advice can turn into a transformative experience.

As we navigate these narratives, we also uncover the reciprocal nature of mentorship, where learning becomes a two-way street. Jordan’s anecdote about a pesky leaking toilet transforms into a broader lesson about perseverance, echoing the mentorship ideal that life's simplest tasks often teach the most enduring skills. From reserved to confident, from skeptic to advocate, Jordan's evolution, set against Don's eclectic pursuits, is a beacon for anyone on the cusp of their own journey of development. Tune in to witness the unfolding of resilience and the unspoken bonds of mentorship that propel individuals like Jordan and Don towards a future brimming with possibilities.

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Speaker 1:

What's going on, people? What's up? What's up, what's up? Welcome to another WTL live Wednesday. Oh, here's my mentee. What's up, jordan? What's going on? Made it just this time, brother. What's up? What's up? Yes, sir, glad you can make it. So, everybody, before I introduce Jordan yeah, coach E could not make it, he had a scheduling conflict, but hey, who better to bring up than one of our mentees from our first group, jordan? But before I do that, I have a video I want to kick us off with and, jordan, let me know, Let me know. If you cannot hear or see anything, I'm gonna hold this up as a couple of minute video, couple of minute long video, and that will go ahead and get cranked in.

Speaker 2:

We're laying on our deathbed. You're not going to worry about how much money you had, how much power you had, how much prestige. You're going to see that that was all game, that that was all illusion. The only thing that matters the impact you had on other people's lives.

Speaker 3:

We are all on a separate journey, but the beautiful thing about our life here on this earth is that my funeral. They ain't going to talk about my success. They're going to talk about who Nick was and how Nick lived and how.

Speaker 4:

Nick loved and encouraged.

Speaker 3:

Success is incredibly important, but even more important than success Having an impact, it's knowing you haven't walked the planet in vain. It's knowing that because you've been here, you've blessed lives, you've developed people and you have made the world a better place.

Speaker 2:

The effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there it is. Everything you gain in life will rot and fall apart and all that will be left of you is what was in your heart.

Speaker 3:

Life is a mirror, and life gives us not what we want. Life gives us who we are. When you were born, you cried while the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a way that, when you die, the world cries while you rejoice.

Speaker 1:

Hey, what's going on. What's going on Family? How y'all doing Jordan? Don welcome to the live stream fellas.

Speaker 4:

What's up?

Speaker 1:

What's going on, what's up, what's up. So yeah, like I said before, I played that video and that's just a precursor just to get the conversation warmed up for today's conversation, which is about why do I need a coach? Anyway, we didn't plan the whole scheduling conflict for E not to be here and Jordan and Don, our mentees, to be here, but it's working out perfectly. So now that we have y'all both up here, so Jordan, so man, can you kind of give us some insight? You know, just have like a, you know heart to heart talk with me. Man, just don't just, since this is Jordan's and Don's pretty much first time going live I think they've been gone live once or twice before you know, just treat as a regular, you know talk and conversation. But just Jordan, like when you first joined the WTF mentorship months and months ago, man, like did you anticipate that you were going to be getting some type of value? Or were you just like, hey, man, I've exhausted all my options and I like this is my last dish effort to get some assistance? Like what was going through your head when you agreed to join or did the? Did you just pull your leg and just say, hey, like you better join the mentorship. How did that experience?

Speaker 5:

go with you. No, man, like at first man, I was like I wouldn't say I was really iffy on it, but it was like it's my uncle's mentorship, what bad could come from it? Why not, you know? And then, like, once you actually take your time and listen to him, and listen to what he's talking about and what he's saying to you, like he dropped gems for real, like you could really apply it to your life and get further.

Speaker 1:

For sure, for sure, absolutely man. And so, sid Dine, same question for you. I think you had dropped out man for a quick second, but prior to you joining the WTF mentorship, you know, you kind of give us some insight on your expectations for what you were expecting from coaching or if you were looking for something in particular like what was your thought process like going into the mentorship?

Speaker 4:

It wouldn't really know expectations, because you know, like I mean, I already knew what was coming because I grew up, I grew up around him. So it's just like, yeah, like I already knew everything that was coming. I knew it was gonna be more serious, though, like the serious side of Big E Gotcha gotcha. He's still like a playful dude, even with the mentorship and stuff like that, but I'm gonna lock in.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, yeah for sure, and that those are very great, very good points, guys. And one thing that I wanna kind of note to the audience is that these two gentlemen have both kind of grown up to know Coach Big E on a personal level. So y'all have really had a very privileged experience with him, being able to get coaching on a constant basis. Whether you realize it or not, the game he was giving you all, and even me myself, even from you know, working with him. He gives me game and I really do the conversation seriously and I try to glean and get everything I can from him and anybody else. Really, I mean you, big Donna and Jay, I'm pretty sure you all have some knowledge that I don't have. I don't know everything and don't claim to know everything. And coaching it's not always a top-down type of look Like the mentees don't always have to be younger, the coaches don't always have to be older. And, honestly, if we're being very forward, if your coach and if your mentor isn't learning anything from the mentee to a certain degree, then they may need to kind of recheck their belief system, because I do really believe that y'all's generation has a lot to teach us, even though I'm a little bit older than you all. I'm a millennial, y'all are Gen Z's but I'm definitely looking forward to you all growing and maturing and you all teaching me and coaching me on some things that I may not be familiar with. So, that said, so kind of give the audience some kind of background information on you. Jordan, let's go ahead and kick it off with you, like what are your interests, kind of what do you see yourself? If you don't have a clear cut answer, that's fine, I will work through it, but I just want to kind of keep it on. Why do I need coaching? Because this could be a particular coaching moment for us here on this live, but just kind of give the audience a background information on, kind of where you live, where you brought up your experience and why you feel like you think that coaching is important for you and your progression in life.

Speaker 5:

So, starting off Monday, jordan, I'm 17. I grew up in St Louis. I've been in St Louis my whole life, like different parts, like back when I was younger younger, like I lived in the city, but for the most part, like the last 10 years 10, 11, I say I've been living in the county. I'm a senior in high school and after high school I'm not really sure, like I'm not dead set on what exactly I want to do, but like a couple of options. I say I say becoming an electrician, a plumber or a barber. Out of those three I'm not sure exactly which one I want to go with, but that's kind of what my head after high school man dude.

Speaker 1:

those are honorable trades man, and those are some skill sets that everybody's going to always need. And an electrician, a plumber, and what was the other one?

Speaker 5:

A barber, but I'm thinking I could become an electrician or a plumber and still look like a barber on the side.

Speaker 1:

Man, listen, bro, like and see y'all that mindset of the possibility of not either or, but both. And you know, that's that mindset that only coach, a person who has that life experience, can instill in a person, because most people have that limiting belief like, oh, I mean, I have enough time to do both, or I don't know how to balance. But Jordan didn't say that, you know, but before I can even get out my mouth, good, he was like, hey, you know what, I think I can go ahead and do the plumber and the electrician and cut hair on the side. If that's not motivation, I don't know what is. And that's something that we do push at the WTF Academy is something called the Migos, right, and the Migos is an acronym Motivation, inspiration, guidance and ongoing support. So you know, as you can see in Jordan's confidence, you know those Migos are rubbing off and we always provide ongoing support for all of our mentees, because not only are they going to get everything that they need when they go through the program, but they're going to have some questions after they complete the program and that's why we are here to offer that support if and when they do have questions later on down the line. All right. So I appreciate that, jordan. So Don yeah, man, like saying same thing for you kind of gives the people some background info on you, what your interests are and you know kind of how you feel like coaching could help to develop your skills and help push you forward in life after high school.

Speaker 4:

Well, yeah, so this is my first year out of high school, so like pitches, all that.

Speaker 1:

You kind of broke up a little bit. Say that again Bye.

Speaker 4:

I said I'm a photographer, he's my first. I just I do it all for real.

Speaker 1:

All right, let me. Let me catch the people.

Speaker 2:

I want to get into.

Speaker 1:

He's a photographer and he does digital marketing for the WTF Academy also, and he has a podcast coming out too. But I just wanted to go ahead and repeat that for the audience, because your connection was a little fuzzy. Go ahead. Yeah, his connections are a little bad, let me give him a few more seconds, all right. So, yeah, I think Don may have to, may need to cut your camera off to help out with your connection a little bit In the future. Okay, we'll come back to that. I'll go ahead and go ahead and mute you real quick, but yeah, so, so kind of just going into some practical examples of like why coaching is important, because that's the whole topic of this live we I mentioned the guidance in the direction skill development. You know Jordan mentioned that. Being able to tackle different trades, having the confidence to pursue those different trades, you know, fresh out of high school, or even being a senior in high school, right, goal setting increased in confidence, networking opportunities, oh, especially networking opportunities. You all I, there's a saying that goes here net worth equals your network, right. So I know personally, when I was younger I was shy. I didn't want to talk to people. I just recently broke out of that. You know, shyness, since I met Ernest, been being around him. You can't be a shy individual. Pretty sure Jordan can attest to that. He will bring you out of out of your shell man for real. So that's definitely an attribute that mentorship and coaching definitely does tribute to and you know there's a, there's a plethora of different things, but most of all, being a positive role model. Like the video said, when I'm dead and gone, I want people to come to my funeral and say, hey, dimitri helped me out a whole lot. He helped to change my mindset, my belief system, in a positive way and you know I'm better off. He's still at the nice school and it's cool, and you know I'm aiming to leave people better off than what they Were before they met me. So, yeah, so Jordan man, so what, what? What are some things? I? Why, why do you feel like you kind of gravitated towards those Traits as far in comparison to going to college? Like, why didn't you? I mean cuz most people's kids, you know they say hey, want to go to a four-year school on the Party, have fun, get my psychology degree, political science degree that I'm never gonna use, and then I want to try and find a job that I'm not gonna use my degree in. I'm being, you know, start sarcastic because that's kind of that's really what happens most times. They, they go to school for six years, get a bachelor's, get a master's and can't even get a job in the field that they go to school for. So I applaud you for considering a Blue collar job or a trade school profession, because those are Typically frowned upon, which they shouldn't be. But the white collar jobs Typically a pun, the pedestal. And the blue collar jobs, we're working with your hands and doing the rule, the tough task that we really need to help our day-to-day lives Continue on as they are. So I'm just curious, man, like, why you chose to go that route and not, you know, school, the traditional school route.

Speaker 5:

It actually came about real recently, like not too long ago. I was doing some own, some toilet work, like I was working on everything going fine and then, like when it came back to putting the toilet back together, I'm flushing it, steady, leaking, leaking, leaking. I'm trying to figure out what it is. I go to, I go to eat, for some advice. He told me to keep working on it. That's the advice he gave me to keep working on it. This is exactly what he told me. And then, like whenever I own, whenever I finally figured it out, it was so simple just this one little phone piece I had to know, just to put it on there and it'll stop the toilet from leaking and it Settle a gap right there. Now, once I figured it out, I did the next toilet Five, ten minutes, but that first toilet took me about three hours, two, three hours. My head dipped in the toilet work like it was bad. Once I got through it, it really showed me like as long as you keep pushing and you got that perseverance, you could do whatever it really. Second toilet food by the breeze.

Speaker 1:

Nothing. Hmm, yeah, I love to hear that man. That man is things like that that bring like a genuine smile to my face and, honestly, like when I was coaching and this is for the people I'm pretty sure you are well aware of this, jordan, I'm gonna call you out just a little bit, but when I first was invited by the first group of mentees at the WTF to, I guess, kind of take over as far as leading the weekly calls, jordan, he would be on the call, but he was the most quiet one, and I'm saying I'm not saying that to embarrass you, ma'am, I'm saying that as a as a compliment road to the Progress that you've made, you know, being that this is the longest conversation that we've had, but I've already Felt like I'm learning so much about you and it Appears, and I'm confident, that you do have a lot to offer to the world and you speak with such voice and I can tell that you're very, you're a very intelligent guy. So I'm gonna encourage you here on this live stream, man, to continue to speak up.

Speaker 5:

Oh.

Speaker 1:

Hello, can you?

Speaker 5:

hear me. Okay, it's cool, yeah.

Speaker 1:

So I just encourage you, man, to continue to lean into that confidence, to continue to tinker around and try things, especially if they interest you. I don't care how tough it is, man, just continue to build that confidence, man, because, above all, the, the only thing that's really gonna stop you and anybody else, but really particularly you, jordan the only thing that's gonna stop you, man, is yourself and You're a belief that you can or can't do something. So just the fact that you know you, you stuck with the toilet, man, and you, you know you continue to be persistent with it until you fixed it in two, three hours, man, that's that's a long time to be messing around with something until you figure it out, but that's a good characteristic to have, man, and I encourage you to carry that trait with you throughout your entire life, because you know that that experiment with the toilet, that that problem-solving experiment, was just a microcosm, is just a Just a small example of all the other things that you're gonna Experience throughout life. And I know you're only 17 and I'm pretty sure you've experienced a lot in life, but you're gonna continue to experience more things. That's gonna cause challenges and gonna cause you to want to just quit, throw in a towel and just give up and just go back to your old habits, your old ways. But always remember that toilet man and how you stuck with it till you fixed it, and always keep in mind that Easier once you figured it out. So, and that's the same thing in life, man, everything in life is patterns, but it's tough trying to figure out that pattern. But once you do, you'll start seeing those same patterns repeat throughout your life and as you begin to gain more knowledge and information Then you'll be like oh, I saw that before. I'm not gonna do the same thing that I did last time that took me the long route. Now I know what I did wrong. I'm gonna go ahead and take the short route and you know and this, and it's gonna, you know pan out.

Speaker 2:

Yes, that's what they did with that toilet man.

Speaker 1:

So I definitely definitely love to hit that. So, um, yeah, I'm not gonna. Well, since Don jumped off, I'm gonna kind of start to wrap this up. I'm not gonna make it 30 minutes to today. Don was on here, I probably would. But yeah, jordan, I just want to appreciate you for coming on. Man. I'm gonna open up the floor if you have anything else that you want to say to the audience, about yourself, about WTF, or Just you know something in general, some positive words of encouragement, if not no pressure. But you want to open up for you before I close out.

Speaker 5:

Good, I appreciate you having me. He don't know where. You have man as you can make it. It's all good. Um, I'll be on joy at night.

Speaker 1:

Yes, sir, appreciate you, appreciate you and will I would definitely have you on more often. So, um, yeah, come ready for the For the gyms to be dropped, man, because we're gonna start having you on here as a Regular, because I believe the people need to see the outcomes of the WTF Mentorship and the outcome of motivating your mind and how it transforms not only the way that you move throughout life but how you perceive life as well, because our perception is everything. So definitely glad to see you here on this live today and, as we close out, thank you everybody for joining another live WTF Wednesday, and those who didn't make it live, that's okay, we'll catch you next week, but thank you for watching the replay and don't forget, join us on our website at WTF ma Com. What's the formula, mentoring Academy Com. Okay, so Remember, wtf not only means what's the formula, but it also means our mantra, which is winning, takes focus, and we must always remember to focus in on one thing at a time so we can win each and every thing that we attempt. All right, so until next week. I'll see y'all later. Love you, peace.

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