Guru or guide? Who will lead you on the way to success?

If you want to lead people, don’t be their guru, be their guide. People don’t need someone who can’t empathize with their situation. They need a man who will be their friend. Someone with whom they will not feel stupid just because they have no experience and know nothing.

What I am going to tell you in this article?

  • Who is a Guru?
  • Who is a Guide?
  • Don’t be fooled!
  • How to recognize a guide?

Who is a Guru?

The guru is a professional in his field who has decided that the best way to help the whole society is to teach them his know-how. Of course, he won’t do it for free. Many people are willing to pay a lot of money to learn in a year what took someone 30 years. But that’s not how it works.

There are no shortcuts on the way to success. Each of us learns the most from our own mistakes. As says the quote by Elbert Hubbart:


”The greatest mistake a man can ever make is to be afraid of making one.”

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes on the way to success. If it would be easy, success will have no value at all, because anyone could achieve it. Make mistakes and become invincible.

Also read: Don’t follow the money! Follow your passion.

Who is a Guide?

If you decide to go on a trip to the Himalayas, you will pay a guide who will guide you on the right path and warn you of the danger. If he would be a guru, he would tell you which way to go and leave you alone. However, you will need a guide who will always be with you and help you when you need it. This is the main difference between a guru and a guide.

He is a man who will always be close to you. In a difficult moment, he will give you a helping hand and he will not expect a special reward. He’s not here to make money on you. His goal is your success.

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Don’t be fooled!

In some cases, the person who comes into your life can be neither a guru nor a guide. Every day you see hundreds of ads for motivational lessons and seminars on how to make millions. As one well-known quote says:


‘‘The best way to become a millionaire is to write a book on how to become a millionaire.”

Would you ask the farmer how to repair the computer? It probably won’t be a good idea. Why should you get advice from a motivational speaker on how to make money? He makes money by talking about business. He is not a businessman. Don’t be robbed by people who have no experience.

How to recognize a guide?

You may not see his ad on Google or YouTube. He’s an ordinary person like you. Maybe he’s writing a blog or making videos. But he was already where you want to go. He knows how difficult that path is, and he won’t lie to you to make money on you. He will tell you the truth, even if you don’t like it. This way you will know the person who will lead you on the path to success.


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