This week’s blog talks about individuals around us who could serve as mentors or models of excellence.   Do you ever make the effort to seek out these persons and examine their lives?   What is it about these persons that makes them successful?   There has to be something about these persons that sets them apart from others?   What is it?

mentorMost persons we would consider successful and persons of excellence make an intentional effort to watch persons who are successful.  Even the best sports teams make an effort to research and study other teams and find out what it is that makes them successful.  So, it seems to be a key characteristic of “persons of excellence” to seek out successful people and find out what sets them apart.

I recently read an article by Dave Ramsey who makes no secret about how he studies successful people and does all he can to imitate what makes them great.   As Dave is known to say, “You become an eagle by flying with eagles.”   Dave’s friends say that he is always ready to meet – yellow notepad in hand- with individuals who have won in business and in life.   Many of these individuals have become personal mentors for Dave.

One mentor who had a huge impact on Dave’s life over the years is Chick-fil-A founder, S.  Truett Cathy, who passed away in 2014 at the age of 93.   In honor of Mr. Cathy’s life, Dave recently shared the following seven principles that are applicable to all of us in making a living and in building a successful life:

What is the lesson to be learned from Dave Ramsey’s example of seeking out and learning from those who are successful?   A take away for me is that most of us will likely never have a chance to meet or be mentored by “giants of commerce” such as Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Truett Cathey, or even Dave Ramsey.  However, there are always those “persons of excellence” in our communities who are more than willing to give of themselves as a mentor or simply to share ideas. Is there someone in your community who could serve as a role model for you?   Be sure to take time to look. Very likely, there is someone ready to listen and provide valuable advice.   You simply have to seek them out!

Whom do you watch?

“Invest 1/3 of your life in serving, 1/3 in earning and 1/3 in learning.”

Dr. Nido R. Qubein

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