As an entrepreneur who totally reinvented myself at 42 (for about the third time), I have always derived INSPIRATION from people who have achieved the kind of lifestyle that I aspire to live.
While I feel incredibly fortunate to WORK alongside many people who act as mentors, friends and business coaches, many more are people I study, read about and listen to as much as I possibly can – if even from a distance.
One such person is Sir Richard Branson. It is not the fact that he is a billionaire businessman, (although I think his journey and success are amazing), it is the WAY in which he has achieved success on all fronts – personal family life, fun, making a difference, giving back AND financial independence.
Because I don’t YET run in the circles with Sir Richard Branson, (YET), I turn to books for my education and personal development on the daily. In fact, my first action of the day – before FB, Instagram, emails, texts or anything else, is grabbing a book at my bedside and reading!!! The cumulative result of reading every day is far more worthwhile and has been far more effective in guiding me to achieve big goals, than my 4-years at university earning my business degree and my 25+ years in corporate have given me.
My current read is called “The Virgin Way,” and it’s by, of course, Richard Branson (you read between the lines on the lead up here no doubt). It is all about leadership and how, “fun, family passion, and the dying art of listening are key components” to a unique model of leading his life and his countless businesses.
Even if you aren’t an entrepreneur, if you are running a division within a company, if you work with other people, or if you have a family, you will get something from this book that will elevate the way you operate in you daily life and ultimately give you better results.
We all have the ability to access our heroes, people who have created legacy lives, without having to know them personally, simply by plugging in to their words through the power of books, audio or videos!! If I have learned anything over the years, it is to listen to and learn from people who have achieved a measure of success, who are living the life you aspire to live, rather than the countless negative naysayers that we are surrounded by daily…what better way than through books written by or about our heroes.
Today as I bounced out of bed at 5:00am to start my reading before launching in to a full day of work, I had this giddy, excited, and very grateful feeling to be reading the words of such a humble and successful genius, as Richard Branson.
Whose life inspires YOU? Are you reading any good books at the moment?
Never stop believing one person can make a difference…that one person is YOU!
Decide that you are going to live your most amazing life by design.
With love and gratitude,
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