To be the best, you need to learn from the best. I remember growing up in grade school and as I proceeded through college – my parents, teachers, and family members would all press the concept of continuously identifying mentors that are willing to advice and share with you what they have learned to get you to where you want to go. Sometimes that next steps are figuring out how to get an “A” in a class or be as ambitious as starting your own business. The core concept to remember is that building a strong team of mentors will have exponentially better results than trying to figure it all out on your own.
In a recent LinkedIn post, I had briefly noted that the introduction of listening to podcasts has impacted my perspective of the time I spent commuting to and from work. I have been able to expand my thoughts and opinions through the range of perspectives that I am now listening to – whether that is about personal development, business trends, or sports. My current podcast addiction is Mike Dillard’s Self-Made Man where he recently interviewed Gerard Adams, probably most notable as a co-founder of Elite Daily. As I dug into Gerard Adams a little more – I discovered that he also produced two seasons of Leaders Create Leaders, where he has traveled the United States to interview people who are some of the best in what they do in a variety of industries – whether it is corporate coaching to copy-writing to travel.
The most enlightening thing about watching the each episode is hearing the journey and advice these leaders are willing to share. Realizing that there is no one blueprint for ‘success’and that is okay. At the end of the day the videos are motivating and adds an additional point of view I may have not been exposed to prior. Just like the incorporation of avidly reading can have on one’s life, I am starting to see how listening to podcasts and watching videos on niche topics can really stimulate the mind. I would love to hear what you have been hooked on that is helping you motivate yourself to the next chapter in your life and career.