‘I have gathered a posie of other men’s flowers, and nothing but the thread that binds them is my own.’ Michel de Montaigne
Finding good role models can be a huge help in working towards your legacy goal. Here are three ways in which role models can help:
1. Role models provide consolation. They remind you that in order to create legacy, you will have to suffer. In other words, they can help you create the ‘you are not alone’ feeling you need in order to get over the rough patches.
2. Role models provide inspiration. By reading their stories, they show you just how high you can reach. Some of my role models, for example, lived in another era, and managed to spread their brand without any of the wonderful tools we have today. Reading their story always makes me think ‘if they could do it, so can I’.
3. Role models set a standard. Role models can become a standard to aim for and then overtake. As part of your role model mix, choose a few role models who are maybe not world-famous or have not achieved spectacular things, but are doing quite a bit better than you. Aim to overtake them, and then raise the bar even higher with a new set of non-world-famous role models you can overtake in a reasonable amount of time. Remember: don’t rest on your laurels, work on your legacy goal should never end. Always raise the bar higher and higher, to infinity.
The time is now.
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