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Episode 47: Become a Lifelong Teacher


1. Commit to Yourself

Before you do anything that is worthwhile for anybody else, you have to put in the time to become the best version of yourself.  

Everybody is going to have the chance to lead.  The question is, are you going to be ready when you are called on to do that?

You need to have good teachers in your own life.  

QUESTION: Are you continually learning, and how are you doing that?  

A practical way to make this a reality would be to read books.  

The secret to success is not really a secret at all.  Because every person who has ever had a great deal of success has written a book about it.

If you want to be great at whatever you do, you have to be able to be good at relationships.  

If you want to get better, you have to commit to taking criticism.  

It’s about opening the book, reading it, and applying it. 

QUESTION: What are you studying for the rest of your life? 

You need to have people who are asking you the hard questions. 

If you want to get better you have to commit to taking criticism. 


2. Commit to Your People

Whoever is looking to you for leadership needs to know that you are on their side.  

QUESTION: Are you committed to the success of your people?

Does your team know that you are doing everything in your power to make their lives better? 

As the leader, people expect you to make good decisions. 

Leaders who are committed to their people end up fostering a culture where their followers are committed both to one another, and the leader as well. 

REFLECTION: If I were to take a survey of the people who look towards you and your company, will they say that you had their best interest in mind?  Would they say that you put them above their own personal goals?


3. Commit to the Process

Start with your own goals and values.  Then from those goals and values you figure out the principles that are important to you.  

Your personal beliefs have to coincide with the culture of the company, which is why you probably want to be somewhere that you like working. 

When you clearly define your goals and objectives, and apply them to the vision and mission statements of the company, there is no room for ambiguity.  As a leader you need to make sure that the clarity meter is at least as high as the uncertainty meter, if not higher.  

It's not the will to win that matters-everyone has that. It's the will to prepare to win that matters.” Hall Bear Bryant

QUESTIONS: Are you willing to do what it takes to prepare to win?  That’s what the process comes into play.


MO’s Final Thoughts

Committing to being a lifelong teacher is no small feat.  It means living with purpose every day, and not straying from what is important.  And, you have to be able to be committed to your own mission statement and the mission statement of the company and your people all at the same time.  That’s how you will make yourself an indispensable part to whatever team that you are on, or ever will be.


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