A few days ago I went to my local Super Wawa to fill up my Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara. I said, “fill up regular, please” to the gas attendant and provided him with my credit card.
The gas attendant took my card, took a glimpse at it, and asked, “do you get a lot of Best Buy points by using this card?”
My credit card has the Best Buy logo because it is tied to my Best Buy account. I replied, “Yes, I do get Best Buy points every time I use this card, no matter where I use it.” After some brief conversation about the benefits of credit cards, I continued by saying, “never spend additional money on your credit card just to get extra points.” I think too often, people are too focused on rewards, which can be costly and they do not even realize it.
After this conversation with the gas attendant who was roughly 18 or 19 years old, I drove off feeling good about myself. I really felt I gave him some useful advice, which took me a few years to figure out. This kid pumping gas did seem genuine and truly interested in my advice. It always feels good when people listen to you. It got me thinking that I would like to get more involved in mentoring because I truly do believe I have a lot to teach. I also believe I am not that far removed where my communication would be useless.
I ask myself, what do I get out of mentoring others? I can clearly see when I even provide bits of advice on-the-go, I feel good about myself. I also believe unsolicited guidance can help those that are interested advance quicker. Every bit counts! I believe it is almost the same feeling as paying it forward or any other type of movement. What are your thoughts on this?