Now I know you may be thinking…
“But Bob, both of those methods have way more worst sides then good, what should I do?”
And that is where I stumbled upon a third much more successful method of winning in this sport.
Like I said before I love competition, I feel as though but me helping other fanciers it helps me step my game up. I mean really, why even be involved in this sport if no one in your club can even compete with you.
Anyway, because of this mentality I quickly became the “go-to” guy for other fanciers in my club and combine to be mentored.
And I absolutely loved it!
Fanciers would come to my loft and I would go to theirs, I would teach them everything I knew about the sport.
It was a win-win for me…
I got to “talk pigeons” which I loved while at the same time helping other fanciers excel in the sport and not before long my club and combine became one of the most competitive around.
I loved it because fanciers had smiles on their faces because they were finally getting results and because of the increase in competition everyone was busy trying to out due everyone else.
It was so exciting and required everyone to continually step their games up, and it’s because of this that my club and combine produced some of the most amazing and hard to beat fanciers in the world and everyone was having a blast and every race day was electrifying to say the least.
It embodied everything somebody looks for in a sport and hobby.
Fun, exciting, thrilling, competitive and enjoyable all wrapped up into one.
Our club and combine became the talk of the local pigeon racing community and even outside of it.
And then one day I received an email from a long distance fancier.
In that email he expressed his frustration that he was experiencing in the sport, he said he was trying to learn the ropes but couldn’t seem to get ahead. He was basically using the “Trial and Error” method.
And then he said that he had heard how great the members in our club and combine were doing and he wanted to know what he could do.
Naturally I emailed him right back because again I love talking pigeons and I shared with him my views on trying to do things the trial and error way just like I did with you today.
And then I went on to tell him that his best bet would be to find a winning fancier in his club and ask if they could mentor him because it has the highest success rate and to keep me posted on his success. He loved the idea and said he would keep me posted.
About a week later I received another email from the same fancier, thinking it was an email saying thank you for the idea and that he had found a mentor and was on track to have his best year yet I opened it with enthusiasm.
But sadly that was far from the case…
The email went on to say how he was even more frustrated because he had been turned down from every fancier he asked for one reason or another and was ready to throw in the towel all together.
That email really got to me because I hate to hear anyone thinking about quitting the sport.
Now because we lived so far apart I couldn’t personally mentor him myself which is what I would have immediately done if he were close.
But I didn’t want him to give up so I did something that I have never done before. I offered to mentor him long distance.
But I offered to do it under one condition…
That once he began getting success and doing well that he would mentor others who asked for his help. And he quickly agreed.
Now because of the distance and us not being able to personally get together I told him to give me a few weeks and I would write everything down that I wanted him to do and send it to him.
And over the course of the next few weeks and months he followed what I had written and we kept in contact through email.
And just like those I had mentored in the past his results changed and he had quickly become one of the leaders in his club.
That day a light bulb went off in my head and I experienced my own “Ah-Ha” moment. I knew that from that point on I had the power to help literally any fancier get the results of their dreams no matter where they were in the world.
So I ask you…