One of the many painful lessons I learned in life is you need someone to guide you to your goals. It is impossible to succeed in in any endeavor by yourself. You need someone to assist you.
As a kid we idolize many people, celebrities, parents, athletes and even adopt some of their characteristics. However along the road of life sometimes we lose this trait and “grow up”.
Of course we idolize our parents, but sometimes, their lack of information, can be of no service to us in adulthood. My father always told me to graduate high school and get a good job with benefits. That was his life model. He knew no better. The desire to conquer the world wasn't a concern for him. Complacency and dependence on alcohol were his driving motivators.
So, I did as my father said, found that great job with benefits. Within a year I was left with a feeling of “now what?” Is this what you do for life? Work the same job for 45 years and retire? Screw that.
I craved more out of life. It became a fire that consumed me, I decided life would be more than a 45 year job with hopes I can retire and survive until I die. Over the next several years I looked for people who were doing the things in life I wanted to do, people who achieved great things and making the world a better place. I began a relentless search of people who lived a life I wanted.
One of the first books I read was by Robert Kiyosaki. Rich Dad Poor Dad. It changed my life. Even though I have never met Robert. He was a mentor. I learned something from him.
Napoleon Hill was another mentor in the early years I never met, but his philosophy greatly shaped the direction of my life. His book Think And Grow Rich is not only about financial riches, but riches on an emotional level.
Fast forward several years later and there have been dozens of other people who are mentors to me. Tony Horton, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Rich Froning are just a few people who have helped me tremendously.
It may be crazy, but when I discover someone who interests me, I become consumed with them. Their journey to success, their mindset and their philosophy of life. It all feeds my mentality, it helps me to adopt ideas or characteristics to help propel me towards my ultimate goals in life.
Mentors are important. People to help spark you creativity, give you that one idea that changes the course of your life. They can be living or dead, authors, athletes, parents, teachers. Anyone you find amazing and interesting, learn about them, find something that can improve your life. Be inspired by them.
Here I am meeting Tony Horton.
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