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Teachers Can Open Doors, but You Need to Walk Through Yourself

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Learning is a lifelong process and help can move us forward a stone’s throw or a giant leap.  So, it is natural for us to seek out those that can help us, either directly or through inspiration.  We read blogs and books, seek advice and mentorship and even study what others are doing.  This is all well and good, but all of the learning or mentorship in the world doesn’t help if you don’t apply it.

You have undoubtedly heard the old saying, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink”.  If you are the horse that is staring at its reflection in the water, what’s the challenge?  It could be that you are intimidated.  It could be that you have a big ego.  It could be that you are lazy and want someone else to do the work for you.  Or, it could be that you are afraid- afraid of breaking outside of your comfort zone, afraid that the advice and mentorship is going to be lorded over you in the future or even worse, afraid of being as successful as you can be.

A teacher can lead you to water, but you must drink it yourself.  A teacher can open the door, but you still need to walk through.  Don’t forgo your potential because of your own insecurities. Nothing is scarier than enduring the status quo for the rest of time because you were unwilling to take that very last step.

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Carol Roth is a national media personality, ‘recovering’ investment banker, investor, speaker and author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Entrepreneur Equation. She is a judge on the Mark Burnett (Shark Tank, The Voice, Survivor, The Apprentice) produced technology competition series, America's Greatest Makers, airing on TBS and Host of Microsoft's Office Small Business Academy show. Previously, Carol was the host and co-producer of The Noon Show, a current events talk show on WGN Radio, one of the top stations in the country, and a contributor to CNBC, as well as a frequent guest on Fox News, CNN, Fox Business and other stations. Carol's multimedia commentary covers business and the economy, current events, politics and pop culture topics. Carol has helped her clients complete more than $2 billion in capital raising and M&A transactions. She is a Top 100 Small Business Influencer (2011-2015) and has her own action figure. Twitter: @CarolJSRoth