Who you learn from can be as important as what you are learning
I had the great pleasure of meeting in person a mentor of mine, Michael Hyatt (www.michaelhyatt.com). He was speaking about leading in times of change, at the Boca Raton Resort and Country Club for a private event.
I was not part of the group, but Erin Thomas and the AFT (http://www.aftweb.org) were gracious enough to entertain my request to join them for this one session – thank you for an outstanding event!
Back to the topic at hand: finding good, quality sources of influence. Here are three areas that I consider, whether looking for a role model, mentor, or source of wisdom.
1. Values – does this individual or source have values in common with me? The more similarities you share in values, the more likely their advice will be something you can latch onto.
2. Expertise – what are the credentials involved? Does this source have reliability or authority on the subject? Have they succeeded in the areas they talk about?
3. Relatablity – how well do you connect? This can include style, background, culture, and even sense of humor.
Bonus Consideration: Position – is this someone you would like to be one day? Would you like to follow in their path?
Not surprisingly, like attracts like. As you connect and follow individuals that have the qualities you wish to grow and develop, you will meet others of the same mind.
It just so happens, I made a great connection at the event who also attended with the same motivation. When you have the chance, you should check out what Jared Easley is up to. He is hosting an awesome podcast, Starve the Doubts, and you need to add this to your list of must listens. I’m sure that you will be fortunate in the same way, if you take time to consider who you want to influence your life for the better.
I’d love to hear who you consider a role model!