My Grandpa was a cabbage and lettuce farmer and for many years as a young curious girl, I watched him work and helped him harvest the crops. There is nothing else he would have rather done. It was in his bones. I asked him one day if I could take a turn driving ‘Ole Blue’ as he called his rusty and reliable tractor. He responded, “Have you been paying attention? Yes Sir.”
Pulling his hankerchief from his pocket, he wiped the sweat off his brow, stepped down and said, “Well, get up there and give it a go.”
Like my Grandpa, many of us feel driven by a purpose or calling- to start our own business, become a life coach, create a blog, write a book, or get healthy. Or perhaps even wish to master the art of staying calm under pressure. Yep, a few of these are on my list too. So, how do we do this and meet with success?
There are four key factors in building bridges and accomplishing our goals:
1. Know the leaders/competitors
Seek out and study those in the industry and in life who have thrown themselves In the Arena and become champions in their field. What skill sets, resources and connections do they possess?
2. Be their customer/follower
Listen to their story. Pay attention to the characteristics and behaviors of those you wish to emulate. Demonstrate loyalty to their product and service and reciprocity is sure to follow.
3. Be their partner
True leaders want to see and help others succeed. What will your contributions be in this relationship? How can you help build them up?
4. Create your own niche
Be authentically You. Focus on your unique talents, skills, traits and passions . This is one of the most important tools needed in building bridges in both our professional and personal lives.
Here are a few of the leaders in their respective industries that I follow and partner with who encourage, motivate and greatly inspire me to step In the Arena in accomplishing my goals and reaching my dreams.
*Steven Pressfield– author of The War of Art, Turning Pro and The Legend of Bagger Vance- made into a major motion film starring Will Smith and Matt Damon. Pressfield offers invaluable wisdom and great insight on beating Resistance often disguised as our Muse.
*David Scott Mann–
Founder of Lead Strong – leadership coaching, author, real estate investor , mentor and veteran- Lt. Colonel(ret), Army Special Forces Green Beret. Scott’s expertise and skills extend well beyond the battlefield; training others to connect, succeed and leave deep tracks in this world through the power of storytelling. An Elite Leader like no other.
*Danny Ray Jr.– Contributing writer- Life Hack, and creator of Dream Big, Dream Often . Danny is a visionary and community leader both on and offline with a seemingly inexhaustible reserve for helping others recognize and reach their dreams. A dedicated servant and advocate for those whose lives have been impacted by Multiple Scerlosis. The world could use a few more Danny’s.
“Pay attention and give it a go” Grandpa