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Mentors, Masterminds & Role Models

Do you surround yourself with people energize and inspire you? Are they where you want to be in life, or at least aspiring for similar goals?  Do they pursue greatness in their own lives and fire you up with new ideas? Do they support you through tough times?  If not, you may be missing the boat on one of the most effective ways of becoming more successful and taking your life to the next level.

The standards we hold ourselves to are affected by the people we surround ourselves with. If you surround yourself with people that have higher standards than you, you will start to see those standards as normal and eventually adopt them yourself. By proactively actively seeking Mentors, Masterminds and Role Models, you will be short-cutting your way to success in whatever endeavor you choose. Here are some definitions to consider:

Mentor: a trusted counselor or guide.  (Source: Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

Mentor: a trusted counselor or guide.  (Source: Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

Mastermind: Napoleon Hill, in Think and Grow Rich, defined a Mastermind as “Coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose.”

Role Model: a person whose behavior in a particular role is imitated by others. (Source: Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

The second exercise in the Next Level Daily Planner is designed to take advantage of this.

When creating your list of Mentors, Masterminds & Role Models, it helps to break them down into three groups of people.

The first group consists of those people with whom you have direct interaction. These are people such as friends, family and coworkers that you see face to face in everyday life. Try to pick people who embody the qualities you would like to grow in yourself, such as energy, enthusiasm, persistence, etc. Keep in mind, the list should not reflect the people you currently most associate with, but rather the ideal list of people you want to be more like or learn and gain support from. The following is an example.

  1. Annie
  2. Dad
  3. Grandpa Steve
  4. Sharon
  5. Ricky

The next group are people that you may have contact through telephone, internet, social media, etc., but may be geographically distant. These are people that drive and inspire you. They may have already hurdled the obstacles you are currently facing. Examples include coaches, relatives, or old friends who know you well enough to call you out on your B.S. and provide constructive alternatives. The below is my list (in no particular order).

  1. John K. (Life Coach)
  2. James (accountability group leader)
  3. Hazel (online mentor)
  4. Ricky (physician/entrepreneur)
  5. Ron

The final group is a list of people that you don’t have a direct relationship with. These are people like authors, historical figures and personal heroes. I will share with you my personal list.

  1. Eckhart Tolle
  2. Tony Robbins
  3. James Altucher
  4. Tim Ferris
  5. Gary Vaynerchuck

There it is, take action, create your list and return to it frequently. It may need some modifying along the way, but that’s ok. See you in the next lesson.

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