Success, How to find a good wing to climb under



April 24th, 2005

A Quote about Achievement

"Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the
opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which
you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds."

Orison Swett Marden
1850-1924, American Author,
Founder of Success Magazine


Follow The Leader...To Success

How do you formulate a strategy in order to create your

First, you must find an example of someone who is living and
doing the work you dream, a model who is doing what you

A model gives you clear instruction and guidance. A model
teaches you the best practices he/she learned from
experience and wisdom.

This advice from your models makes the process easier. It
allows you to see someone who has walked the path before
you, who can share your excitement and understand your

They offer a shining example that success is possible.

As you think back over your life, do you remember your
favorite sports coach, school teacher, work mentor or family
member - e.g. an uncle or cousin?

All of them did something that stayed with you for a

That special feeling might be difficult to articulate, but
deep down you know it was exactly what you most wanted and

You will never forget the wisdom, care and concern they
showed for you.

This strong bond with your model teacher stays with you

Some of our strongest and fondest memories are from
interactions with our model teacher.

The time a model and student spend together involves
connecting, sharing, loving and learning.

Models have a way in which they touch us, change us, reach
us, see us, care for and love us.

We yearn for this type of connection throughout our lives.

Through a common interest in a certain topic, bridges are
built and new understanding develops. A shared experience is
richer because of the added depth of another perspective.

Even the corporate world is waking up to the need for
models. I just read that 59% of Fortune 500 companies
include mentoring as part of the growth and development of
their employees.

Most corporations have added mentoring because they are
having difficulty keeping employees due to high turnover.

Mentoring has helped influence employees to stay due to the
close relationships established in the mentoring

Think of one person in your life who has made a difference,
who has challenged you to become all that you are meant to

Who is this person for you?

How has this individual touched you, helped you recognize
your full potential?

Have you told this person that you appreciate the gift
she/he has given you?

Let today be the day you call that special someone to show
your appreciation.

And if you can't think of anyone who has done this for you,
describe the type of person who could and then go out and
find them.

I was inspired to write this article because of my own
relationship with one of my model teachers and a book that
deeply moved me.

The book by Mitch Albom is called Tuesdays With Morrie: An
Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson.

If you want to give a gift to yourself - allow yourself to
be touched by this simple man with a large heart and many
lessons learned in life.

Mitch said the following at the end of the book,

"Have you ever really had a teacher? One who saw you as a
raw but precious thing, a jewel that, with wisdom, could be
polished to a proud shine?

If you are lucky enough to find your way to such teachers,
you will always find your way back.

Sometimes it is only in your head. Sometimes it is right
alongside their beds."

Your objective is to find individuals who have accomplished
their goals.

Once you identify them, emulate their success.

There are models in all fields.

For example, a career coach with the right experience can
enhance your efficiency and effectiveness.


if you want to start your own company, find an entrepreneur
who has started two or more companies and ask them to be
your mentor.

Bring people into your life who are pursuing what they love
because they know the path towards finding their heart's

The way to find your models is to read books, magazines,
everything that describes how the experts made it.

You can learn from other's biographies. Thus, they can
become your models through understanding and learning what
they went through.

Identify someone who matches your criteria and ask him/her
to be your mentor.

Write or phone the person directly and begin the
relationship now.

Dave Thomas said, "People need role models at every step of
their lives… not just when they are kids.

Don't expect a role model to come along all by him or

There are classy people out there who want to help.

Instead of waiting for somebody to take you under their
wing, go out there and find a good wing to climb under.

Copyright 2004, Joel Garfinkle, All Rights Reserved
Joel Garfinkle provides a step-by-step Dream Job process
that has guided thousands of clients to find the perfect job
and reach career fulfillment. For Career Coaching Services,
visit Dream Job Coaching (


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Topic says...

Someone who inspired me to reach my dream as a singer was Whitney

Notice i said the word "was".

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