Mentorship has played a huge role in the lives of the Nolans. Patrick humorously quotes, “Don’t ever take swimming lesson from a drowning person.” He explains that it’s vital to practice discernment when deciding who you allow to influence your actions and thoughts. Some people think they are offering valuable advice but don’t have the expertise or the proper perspective to do so. Pat also warns, “There’s a difference between wanting what’s best and knowing what’s best.” A great mentor is someone who has been where you want to be. Someone who is humble and aware enough to know and admit that they make mistakes too. Great mentors tell you what you need to hear, not just what you want to hear, and those mentors love you too much to leave you where you are. To get to where they are today, the Nolans understand that they were blessed with several amazing mentors. To continue to grow toward the level that they’d like to reach, the Nolans also had to become amazing mentors.
Pat and Amber now travel the world, sharing their story and inspiring others to chase their wildest dreams. The couple advises new business owners and holds them accountable to achieving their end goal. The Nolans have the mindset that careers don’t have to be centered around enjoyment, but instead viewed as a means to an end. “You don’t have to love the hard work, you just need to crave the end result so much that the work becomes irrelevant.” They refused to worry about what happened along the way, because they knew that they already won, they just had to play the game.
The couple knows how important it is to have positive and capable people in your corner and they’ve made it their mission to be that voice of reason for others. “The voices you listen to will determine the life you experience.” When working with other entrepreneurs, Patrick often suggests to:
- Identify what you want
- Be results oriented
- Have confidence in your ability to succeed
This is the type of mentorship they bring to the table. Transparent. Supportive. Encouraging.