Who Are You Learning From?


We all need mentors.  That’s obvious.  Whether we find ones in the pages of a book, through an inspiring talk, or face to face…..but a question as equally as important as “What are you learning?” is this:

Who are you learning from?

I’ve heard Jeff Henderson say once that:

“What and who you listen to….is a preview of the future you.”

Sobering thought, huh?  A good litmus test is to look at the life of the person you’re considering taking on as a mentor, and ask, “Do I want my life to look like theirs?”

If the answer’s no, then head for the hills.  But if it’s “Yes?”  You’ve found a mentor worth pursuing.  I know there’s some people you just *have* to hang around because of work / life situation….I get that.  But, can you imagine what your life would look like in just 3 years if you intentionally surrounded yourself with people who *already are* where you *want to be?*  What would your life look like?

And so….I’m interested:  What about you?  Who are you listening to…and spending your time with?  Either through reading, listening, or real life….

Who are you being mentored by?

Powerup! Episode 001 – Vision

Powerup!Another Podcast?!

I’m so excited about this.  One of the things I love about learning from leaders is that there are a few central themes that they look to as qualities that help make them better.  Things like “Vision”, “Focus”, “Systems”, and “Tension” are all buzzwords in leadership culture….but what do they really mean?  Powerup! is all about exploring each of these words in detail, and figuring out how we can include them in our lives in a greater measure.


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Leadership Powerup! Episode 001 – Vision:

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Episode Transcript:

In his book, the 7 habits of highly effective people, Stephen Covey talks about the two creations of anything new in our world today.  The second creation is the one that we all see, but the first creation happens in your mind.  Everything that exists today is the result of someone’s creative vision.  The larger the idea, the more people we need on our team that are inspired by our idea.  Andy Stanley says that vision is a clear picture in our head of what could be, fueled by our believe that it should be.

So, what should you have vision for?  Take a second and think…..don’t ask the question “How” just yet.  That’ll smother the process before it even gets started.  What would you like to see happen in the future that would make it better than the current direction your headed?  Maybe it’s to learn a new language or skill….maybe to lose some weight?  Maybe it’s a new business or an idea that’s never been tried before?  Everything good that happens in your life got there because someone (yourself or someone else) had the vision to see it happen.  So go ahead!  Take a minute or two, and get some clarity on what you’d like to see happen in your life….or how you can make the lives of others more enriching.  A great question to ask is, focus on any area of your life and ask the question….”What would it look like if it were BETTER?”


Talk Back!  What areas of your life do you need Vision?

What’s your vision for your current life?  We would love to hear your thoughts!

Live your dreams – with Chris Guillebeau

Chris Guillebeau

Stuck in a rut?  Want to live the life of adventure that you’ve always dreamed of?  Chris Guillebeau is no stranger to chasing his dreams.  Having almost finished a tour of every country in the world, Chris is a recruiter for all of us that are tired of the same-old, same-old.  He’s the author of The 100 Dollar Startup, and he encourages us to get out there and do *something* today!  If you’ve gotten stuck, and aren’t sure what’s next for you, this episode is for you!

Interview with Chris Guillebeau, Author of The 100 Dollar Startup:

Or, if you want, you can download the interview here.

Key Points:

  • Why should you start now instead of planning forever?
  • What are some of the first steps you should take?
  • What did Chris himself do to get started?
  • What are some of the obstacles you’ll encounter along the way?
  • And more!


What about you?

I’d love to continue the conversation here, leave any questions or comments below, and we’d love to answer or help!

Interview with Threadless Tees Founder, Jake Nickell

Jake is one of those rare individuals that began creating for creativity’s sake.  His story begins with him joining an online forum where people were submitting artwork, and he began creating TShirts out of the custom pieces.  Thus, the foundation for Threadless Tees was born!

I got to interview Jake a few months back, and he’s a standup guy with a great story.  Enjoy!

Interview with Jake Nickell, Threadless Founder


Or, if you want, you can download the interview here.

Key Points:

  • Jake got into the business because of his love for art
  • They were profitable from day one!
  • He never traditionally thought of it as “crowdsourcing” from the beginning.  That aspect took on a life of it’s own.
  • Where’s Threadless headed next?  Perhaps apparel expansion?  Different clothes?  Who knows?

What about you?  Did you enjoy the interview?  What was your biggest take-away?