Archive for July 14th, 2009

Today I still seek mentors and wise men and wise women because that’s how you get wiser — by hanging out with smart people” [Robert Kiyosaki].

Time magazine has a feature entitled “10 Questions,” where readers are invited to submit questions to a well-known author, or fashion designer, or social activist or government official or just about anyone who is a news maker or celebrity. Each week, another individual is featured and ten new questions and answers are published.

Last week Robert Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad, was in the spotlight. Several of his responses had to do with finding people who can help you reach your goals, much like his friend’s “Rich Dad” taught him how to achieve financial success. One question presented in the article was “Is it possible for a person with no money and few resources to still make a fortune?”

Kiyosaki’s response: “Get off your butt. You have to look for teachers. If you want to be a mechanic, go hang out with mechanics. It’s really simple, but it takes determination, discipline, drive. You can’t quit.”

Do you sense a recurring theme? Look for teachers. Seek mentors. Hang out with wise people. The prerequisite to success is not having all the answers. It’s finding the people who have the knowledge and experience and can help you find the answers! Life is not a solo sport.

There is something exhilarating about gathering information from people who have “been there, done that.” As Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”

A few weeks ago I attended a seminar at sparkspace entitled, “How to think like a futurist” with Dr. David Staley. The ideas Staley presented and the exercises he had us participate in felt like mental calisthenics and inspired me to imagine a bigger and more exciting future.

Recently, I’ve also had the opportunity to attend a workshop by Tom Williams, Founder of InnoGage. Williams shared valuable ideas and information on how to use social media effectively for your business. In both instances, I left with notebooks full of valuable information that invigorated my own ideas and processes.

Attending seminars, participating in workshops, meeting new people, bouncing ideas off of mentors, and reading books and magazines helps keep the creative juices flowing. I know a lot of smart, creative, interesting people are operating below their potential, because they don’t “have the time” or interest to meet new people, visit new places, experience new things.

“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten” [Anthony Robbins].

If your desire is to think outside of the box and reach new heights, you’d better be prepared to step outside of your routine. Continually reading the same authors, talking with the same people, thinking the same thoughts, doing the same things over and over may feel safe, but underneath the false sense of security lurks the danger of becoming obsolete.

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow” [Anthony J. D’Angelo].

“Imagination grows by exercise” [William Somerset Maugham]. Do you want to be inspired today? Commit to exercising your mind, growing, learning, reading, experiencing, and, “standing often in the company of dreamers” [Mary Anne Radmacher].

As Helen Keller said, “Life is either a great adventure or nothing.” I think I’ll make today an adventure, exercise my mind, seek inspiration, learn something new, and chase down new ideas. How about you?

“You are the one who can stretch your own horizon” [Edgar Magdin].

Whatever you are, be a good one!


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