“There is one quality that one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.” – Napoleon Hill

I think Napoleon Hill recognised the benefit for individuals to have a mentor to assist them facilitate learning and development to achieve their aspirations.

Many people have the motivation, skills and desire however lack confidence and direction – this is where a mentor can provide guidance and help to strengthen personal beliefs.

Napoleon Hill is widely considered to be one of the great writers on success. His most famous work, Think and Grow Rich (1937), is one of the best selling books of all time (at the time of Hill’s death in 1970, Think and Grow Rich had sold 20 million copies). Hill’s works examined the power of personal beliefs, and the role they play in personal success.

I started my mentoring experience several years ago with the Travel Industry Mentor Experience program TIME and have just recently attended the graduation in Sydney of my most recent mentee, an executive with a large travel organisation.

We met in Brisbane for a two-hour session twice a month for a period of six months. Our mentoring relationship covered all aspects of life (‘The Balanced Quadrant: Career/Business – Financial – Health/Fitness – Relationships’) with a key focus on career and personal development. Whilst you might think two hours is a long time, it is amazing if you are open and willing to learn, how ideas and solutions can be developed that go towards achieving your desired goals. The mentor/mentee relationship is always a two-way learning process and I would be remiss in saying I have not also learnt along the way!

Melissa’s graduation speech was an inspiration for everyone in the room as she shared her journey. She was articulate, confident, well presented and spoke with authority and empathy – all in all a powerful statement of the benefits gained for embracing the mentor process.

Needless to say I am delighted with her success! Plus I have no doubt Melissa will continue to strive for personal achievement in all areas of her life.

I continue as a mentor with the TIME program, and enjoy being a mentor to two future leaders as part of the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce Future Leaders Mentor Program.

As Napoleon Hill said, “You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.”



Travel Industry Mentor Experience TIME

PO Box220

Frenchs Forest  NSW 1640

T: 02 84111506



Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce & Industry

566 Ruthven Street

PO Box 3629, Toowoomba Village

Toowoomba, QLD 4350

T: 07 46380400