In the last post I gave you the best advice for success I know. Here’s a key component of that advice: dead people. Not that I have anything against living people, mind you. I like them too. But my experience in success provides a great lesson for you.
I’m a high school dropout from a poor family with no connections. I didn’t have a network to draw on, and never really had a strong mentor or guide who could help me along the way. But my saving grace was that I was a reader. Take a look at the famous people who most influenced me:
I never met any of these people in person, and most were dead before I was born. But I got to read interviews with them, biographies about them, and even autobiographies they wrote themselves. I’ve drawn wisdom and inspiration from many others along the way. Thoreau gave me a love for reading, Golda Meir taught me about guts and fortitude, and Napoleon Hill introduced me to the some of the greatest minds of his generation. And now with podcasts, and the Internet, your opportunity to learn from the greatest minds on the planet has never been more attainable. So let me go back to what I told you yesterday…
Look for people (dead or alive) who have done what you desire to do, and have become the kind of person you desire to be. Then model how they lived their life.
Ain’t it great!
P.S. To my fellow Americans. Please take some time to reflect on what a great country we enjoy, as we celebrate our independence today. And when you go to the picnics, parades and fireworks, please don't drink and drive.