Ryan McChesney Tampa, Florida, United States
There's an old saying from the great Jim Rohn, “You must work harder on yourself than you do on your job.” When I first heard that saying about 2 years ago, I took it for granted. I didn't truly understand what he meant by that. However, after a year of talking with my mentor every week, that saying couldn't be any more clear to me.
I now understand that working each day on developing on yourself is what true leaders do. Is it easy? No, it's not because we have to change the habits that we have developed all our life. Another mentor of mine had a great point in one of her videos when she talked about health and losing weight, “Ask yourself how long it took you to put that weight on. Now ask yourself, how long do you think it will take to lose that weight.” And I believe the same applies to our personal development. Think about all of those years of the negative thinking, not slowing the mind down, letting the ego get in the way, etc. Then realize that it will take time to develop new habits and thinking.
And this leads me to my point that I would have never been able to fully understand what Jim Rohn was talking about if it wasn't for my mentor. But more importantly, my mentor wouldn't have been able to help me if she hasn't done what I am after. Specialized knowledge is very crucial to our development. Why would you listen to someone about network marketing if they have never done it. That's like a teacher learning how to teach from someone who does real estate.
Therefore, like Michael says, we need to be careful to who we listen to. And as we have seen with so many great stories, our development is what is going to takes us to our dreams.