Wow, my mentor has grown again! His leadership blog was selected as one of the top 50 Leadership blogs to follow in 2013!
Most of my 3 readers know that one of the most influential and profound influences in my life is Dan Hawkins. I met Dan about 6 years ago when I was introduced to a leadership development project he was spear-heading in the area (we now refer to that as the LIFE business). Dan was 10 years my junior, talked fast and had a lot of posture. He knew where he was going and he committed his life to follow the examples set forth by LIFE founders George Guzzardo and Orrin Woodward.
I specifically remember a moment when I was questioning my own leadership journey. Was I doing the right things and was I following the right people? Dan, with all the conviction and confidence one can have over the phone, said, “Matt, I have chosen to follow Orrin Woodward because he has always delivered on his promises. In fact, anything he has ever promised, he has delivered above and beyond that promise.”
I liked his answer. Up until that time I never committed to anyone but me and I never bought into anyone elses vision except my own. I was a rascal, alone and frustrated. But Dan demonstrated humility to follow in the foot steps of someone else who has fruit on the tree. He willingly set a new path for his life to grow and change and that encouraged me to do the same.
Dan recently shared one of his personal goals for 2013.
One of my goals is to continue to improve my writing and sharing through this [Dan Hawkins Leadership] blog. I believe in the principle Orrin Woodward teaches: “Ideas have consequences.” The LIFE business and its founders have committed their lives to bringing better ideas to the world to make a difference.
Now, Dan Hawkins’ leadership blog was selected by Evan Carmichael, from The Entrepreneur Blog, as one of the Top 50 Leadership Blogs to watch in 2013!
Today, Dan pursues excellence in the areas that we call the 8F’s and has become a role model for thousands to follow- including me:). Someday I believe Dan’s story will be written in book form and it will be hard to believe the transformation that has taken place in his life. I joined Dan a few years in that transformational journey called leadership development and have “hooked my wagon to his train.” My hope is to spread the “Dan Hawkins phenomena” and the cause for “leadership and transformation for the masses” as far as I can.
My question to you is this: Who are YOU following? Do you have mentors that have “fruit on the tree” in areas you are pursuing? Are you humble enough to buy-in to another person’s vision? Are you willing to follow their example long enough for you to develop your own extension of that vision — your own belief & commitment? I have!
Godspeed on your journey to reach new heights of excellence in 2013! Matt