It was fairly easy for me to come to the conclusion that there are really only a few things I’m very good at (and depending on who you ask, it could be even less). That said, I’m seeing more and more truth in what John teaches in chapter 11 of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, The Law of the Inner Circle. He opens this chapter with the subtitle “A Leader’s Potential Is Determined by Those Closest to Him.” I’ve also heard that extended to reference ANY PERSON’S potential! I used the third sentence of the chapter for the title of this message, “Nobody does anything great alone.”
Over the last several days, I’ve had the opportunity to see how this is truly impacting my life on a daily basis. While I’m certainly not taking credit for doing anything great, I will say that I’ve been blessed with a number of opportunities that I never would have imagined if I didn’t have some remarkable folks in what I would consider to be my inner circle. I’ve shared how much value I get from the interaction I have with my mentors, whether that be in person, through email, or even from a book or audio lesson. But that’s not what I’m talking about here. The inner circle I’m talking about right now is made of several folks that I have very close working relationships with; some pay me for the work I do for them, I pay a few for the work they do for me, and a few are trusted friends that I can talk through ideas with.
Each one of them makes me better!
I’ve heard John teach that no one person is good enough to be your only mentor. You should have mentors in various areas of your life. I’m finding that to be true with inner circle members as much as it is with mentors! I’m very thankful to be able to work with someone that has an eye for detail in marketing and design that I may never have. I’m very blessed to work with someone that has the ability to sleep on something and come out with a peacefulness about the next steps we should be taking. I could go on and one… I just hope I’m always able to add the same level of value to them in return.
In wrapping this up I’ll ask you, how much thought have you put into the people you’re surrounding yourself with? I’m not suggesting that you only associate with people you can GET something from. I am suggesting that you pay attention to the value you bring to, and can potentially receive from, every relationship. If you look to add that value, I’m sure you’ll get an exponential return.