How to Rub Shoulders With Successful Entrepreneurs and CEO’s For the Price of a Latte

Indispensable Tool # 5

You’ve heard the advice: if you want success  get with successful people. A lot of successful people agree if you look at the samples below.

“It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.”

Source: Warren Buffett

“The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.”

Source: C.S Lewis

People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die.

Source: Plato

Plato obviously wasn’t one to mince his words.

However, the practical application of that advice is not as easy to do if you run an online business from home. That’s a big enough handicap right there, let alone if you qualify as a  harried single mum with three kids to keep tabs on as well.

But there is a solution that won’t break the bank or force you to travel to meetings which will help you achieve a similar result.

Success Magazine.

This is my indispensable tool for getting around the movers and shakers so that some of their magic will rub off on me.

As I write, I am looking at the cover of the April 2014 issue with the lovely face of Anne Sweeney, chief of Disney/ABC, staring out at me. Inside you get to read about her, about what she believes, why she’s been so successful, the obstacles she needed to overcome.

But there’s more.

Inside in the center of the magazine in every issue is an accompanying CD. This is pure gold.

I buy my copy of Success Magazine at the Chapters (Canada’s better equivalent to Barnes and Noble State side). Then I scurry out to my car, jump in, rip the CD out of its protective jacket and shove the CD into the CD player and blitz out.  I don’t even stop to buy that similarly price latte at Starbucks.

Now I toodle off down the road grinning ear to ear, listening to Anne Sweeney  interviewed by Darren Hardy, Publisher of Success Magazine.

But that’s not all.

On every CD typically , Darren who is a genius interviewer,  gets to pry into the lives of  at least two successful people. Then there is bonus material and that is all wrapped up by Darren Hardy in what I consider the gems: Key Idea Summary and Call To Action.

But that’s not all.

I haven’t even started to read the magazine yet.

You’ve heard,  I hope,  of John C  Maxwell famous leadership authority and author.

He writes a column for every issue. It’s like reading his next book before it’s written.

Between the covers is  a plethora of articles on all aspects of success. Usually each edition builds on a theme.

April’s theme: productivity.

But that’s not all.

By the time I get home, and read through the magazine, I am busting at the seam with more ideas than a cornucopia overflowing with delightful food. The magazine comes crammed with inspiration.

And just when the feeding frenzy is dying down, the next issue arrives!

On my desk beside me to serve as inspiration for this article, staring out at me and urging me on are some of the most successful and innovative leaders of our time.

Have you heard of Tony Hsieh? Zappos CEO who talks about the culture he created at Zappos. Plus you get to read about his daring venture in their new headquarters in the old downtown of Las Vegas. Or there’s Jeff Bezos the customer obsessed CEO of Amazon driven to find a way to get your order delivered to you the same day you place it.

But that’s not all of course.

By reading Success, by hearing about success, and listening to the leading movers and shakers on the planet today, and in getting filled up to over flowing with inspiration and ideas, you rub shoulders with the titans and some of that’s going to rub off on you as surely as the sun shines.

But that’s not all.

You can do that for the price of a latte.

I’ll let John C Maxwell sum things up from his book: Self-Improvement 101: What Every Leader Needs to Know

We need to find people who are especially likely to help us grow–experts in our field, creative thinkers who will stretch us mentally, achievers who will inspire us to go to the next level. Learning is often the reward for spending time with remarkable people.

You don’t need to put on business clothes, or travel outside your home. All you need is the latest copy of Success Magazine a comfy reading nook and something to take lots of notes with.


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