The use of mentors is a very powerful way for people to change their behaviour. They are totally bespoke, completely focused on you but, regrettably, very expensive. In fact they are usually reserved for senior management and directors but if you are lucky enough to have access to a mentor and are committed to change then you most surely will.
Heroes are all around us. They are people we may know personally, sometimes famous people or perhaps people we work alongside but have no personal contact with. The things that all heroes have in common is that they inspire and lift us and usually can provide some knowledge or experience that we can learn and grow from. In many cases we have to receive this information from their writings or video clips (whoever invented YouTube should receive the freedom of Wolverhampton Football Club as a reward) but it doesn’t matter because so long as we can get access to it that should be enough.
Here’s the sad thing though. Many people can’t have a mentor and don’t look for heroes so they don’t find them so they never get the benefit of their experience and they fail to grow. Shame. The overwhelming majority of successful people have benefitted from the inspiration and knowledge of others and so could you.
It is definitely not for me to say who your heroes should be but here are two of mine. The first is a video clip of Steve Jobs talking at a graduation day at Stanford University and the second is a Blog from Tim Ferris who wrote the 4 Hour Work Week. I have many, many others and yet am always on the lookout for more.
Steve Jobs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1R-jKKp3NA
Tim Ferris: http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/
Want to accelerate your development but got no cash? Get a hero (or two) and lift your game to their level.