Thoughts on Success Part 4

Find & Follow Good Role Models & Mentors

I have been blest with good role models my entire life. When I was young it was my parents, my family & their friends. You may have heard the statement “it takes a village to raise a child.” I feel I was raised like that. I have had role models that I have known, respected & looked up to for 50 or 60 years. What a blessing. As I grew I was always able to find good role models no matter where I was or what I was doing. This included my university years, my veterinary career & especially my ranching career. H M has given me the wonderful opportunity to continue to be influenced by good role models.

When I was about 50 I realized that I knew people who could really help me grow, increase my knowledge & skills & become a better person. This personal growth appealed to me. I phoned some of these people & said “I’d like to get to know you better & learn from you. Would you allow me to come & spend some time with you?” Amazingly people always said yes to my request. The result was that I set up a flexible program of learning. I spent as much as a day a month for up to 6 months with some of my mentors. I drove as much as 8 hours one way to invest in my learning. The result was rapid personal growth that resulted in a higher degree of success. Another interesting thing also happened, these people became lifelong friends.

I encourage you to look around. Is there someone you might learn from? Why not set up a personal mentoring program with that person? Your first reaction may well be “I can’t afford the time.” My response would be “can you afford not to invest in yourself?”

As I look at my life today I am confident that no matter what situation may arise I will know someone I can turn to for love, wisdom, guidance & support. What do you think that kind of support does for my self-confidence?

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