By Bryan Miles, CEO and Co-Founder, BELAY
On October 2, the seventh annual Radical Mentoring Golf Classic took place at White Columns Country Club in Milton. The participants played a round of golf, networked with top Atlanta business leaders and had an opportunity to win prizes.
But more importantly, they supported an organization that changes lives for the better: Radical Mentoring. The mentoring concept has been popular for many years, but, as its name suggests, Radical Mentoring isn’t a typical mentoring program.
The Beginning of Radical Mentoring
Radical Mentoring was started by Regi Campbell, a legendary serial entrepreneur in the Atlanta area and acclaimed author. In his 30s, Regi was a very successful businessman, but he wasn’t doing so well in the domestic sphere. He got involved in his church, changed his ways and turned his life around.
Entrepreneurs like Regi are natural problem-solvers. Some years later, as an elder in his church, Regi saw younger men struggling with the same issues that had almost derailed his family decades earlier. So, he innovated in the mentorship space, creating Radical Mentoring as a proactive mentoring program.
Apply Life Experience
The idea behind the program is simple: applying the life experience of older, wiser men to improve the lives and prospects of the next generation. Radical Mentoring has a structured approach, with mentors committing to taking on four to eight mentees for a limited time (nine months to a year).
The small groups meet once a month for three hours and may attend retreats. They read assigned books and report what they’ve learned to the group. They memorize scripture and complete monthly assignments that help them become better husbands, fathers, leaders and Christians.
Regi’s approach caught on quickly because it worked so well. As an Atlanta-area businessman myself, I had long admired Regi from afar, and when I joined Regi’s seventh Radical Mentoring group in 2007, there was a waiting list because the program had become so popular.
Regi’s wisdom and friendship were instrumental in my success, not just as an entrepreneur, but as a leader, husband, dad and follower of Jesus. He challenged me to do better. He built a community, and he inspired me — and many others — to pay it forward.
Today, there are more than 500 mentors in the program, and over 3,200 men have benefited from the life-changing experience of Radical Mentoring. A parallel program was started for women, Titus2, which also aims to change the world, one woman at a time.
Paying it Forward
Now, I mentor a group of four younger men every 2 to 3 years, using the principles Regi taught me and the experience I’ve gained over my lifetime to inspire a new generation. Working together, challenging each other, we make progress. You can’t win at a business or your profession and suck at life. To that end, several of my mentees have gone on to found successful businesses but more importantly, all have grown as husbands, dads, friends, and leaders.
So, when the players tee off at the 2017 Radical Mentoring Golf Classic, they’ll have a wonderful time and meet some truly incredible people. They may even play a great round of golf. But whatever their score, they’ll be paying it forward, changing more lives for the better by supporting Radical Mentoring.
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