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The WORST president in history…

According to a U.S. News & World Report article I read recently, Warren G. Harding ranks as one of the top ten worst U.S. Presidents of all time. So, naturally I looked into his life and how he led. I found some interesting red flags that contributed to this flop in leadership. I want to share them with you here because I’ve talked about the value of great mentors and how their character and their accomplishments should be worth modeling after.

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So, here’s what I learned about President Harding. Use these as guidelines for what you should avoid as you scout out potential mentorship relationships, and as you assess your own life while seeking to mentor others.

A GOOD MENTOR IS NOT INSECURE.

Instead of selecting advisors on the basis of their competence, Harding surrounded himself with admirers to feed his need for personal affirmation. Among these followers were men who had been imprisoned, had accepted bribes, had been charged for corruption, were forced to resign, and one man who committed suicide in the wake an investigation for fraud. Putting his corrupt buddies in powerful government positions only caused him one headache after another.

Good mentors are confident in and of themselves. They know their value, and they surround themselves with others who seek to add value.

A GOOD MENTOR IS NOT A PEOPLE-PLEASER.

In aiming to please people rather than hold them accountable, Harding created a culture of suspicion. People were aware of misdealing in his administration, but they couldn’t count on him to confront the corruption of the people closest to him. When news of government corruption reached the public, the culture of suspicion expanded nationwide. Citizens were distrustful, and no amount of back-tracking could change the damage that Harding had treated passively for so long.

A good mentor speaks the truth. He or she behaves in the spotlight and in private with the utmost integrity.

THE TAKEAWAY

President Harding’s time in office got me thinking about role models—people we follow and look up to. It’s crucial to our success in life to have people ahead of us to follow, and it’s just as crucial for those leaders to have exceptional character. They must lead by example.

The people we follow must demonstrate character worthy of emulating. You see, we become like the people we admire. Jim Rohn says you’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with. The truth is, if you’re going to grow, you’re going to spend a lot of time with your role models and their teachings. They should be worthy examples to follow.

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN

I encourage you today to consider the five people with whom you spend the most time. Ask yourself what kind of example they provide for you. Do they inspire and teach you or deflate you?

Or, if you don’t have five, make a list of the specific strengths or skills you want to improve to reach your potential and the areas where you know you need ongoing guidance. Then consider a few people you know or would like to know who can help you in those areas, even if you just ask them one question at a time.

 

This post was originally shared by John C. Maxwell.

Recently I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing my good friend and fitness coach, Jay Flores. He’s an entrepreneur, STEM ambassador, national keynote speaker, and founder of The OCR Project.

We talk about his mission to influence others to lead a healthier lifestyle through the sport of obstacle course racing. We discuss how the journey to success resembles an obstacle course race and how to continue to push forward even when you lose your footing. We also dive deep into turning your passions into a career and the importance of having mentors guide you on your path.

Check out the interview to hear Jay rock the house and drop some value bombs.

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In the interview, you’ll learn about:

The steps to creating a job or business that you can be passionate about 24/7 (2:22)

Why having a mentor or coach is a major key to your success (6:17)

How lifting others as you climb will empower you to achieve faster (16:10)

The importance of replacing the negative with mentors and learning (21:40)

How to continue to push forward when things get tough (29:08)

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You might have seen the Youtube commercial with the guy talking about his Lamborghini, but more importantly he talks about his library in his garage. Tai Lopez is a multi-millionaire who came from humble beginnings. One of his endeavors is teaching other entrepreneurs how to reach the high level of success that many of us seek or the “good life” as he often calls it.

One of his tips is the law of 33%. I’m sure you’ve heard this quote from Jim Rohn,

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.

The 33% rule is Tai’s advice to help you choose who you spend your time around. The first 33% should be time spent around people below you; these are the people who you mentor and help. Then spend the next 33% of your time around people that are at your level; these may be your friends or colleagues. The last 33% of your time should be spent with people above your level; these are people that have 10-20 years of experience, people you look up to and can mentor you. Having mentors is absolutely critical when pursuing that next level of success. If you want the life that they have, do what they did. It’s much easier to copy than to reinvent the wheel.

Most people spend almost all their time with others that are at or below their level which is why a lot of them are stuck in the same place. When I began my journey with my having my own business, I found myself spending much more time with my mentors, other successful business owners and CEOs. And yes when you start spending more time with a new group of people that means you’ll start spending less time with your previous group. It’s much easier to do and be successful at something when everyone around you is doing it. For example, if you want to eat healthier, hang around those that eat healthy instead of hanging around your friends who go out for drinks every weekend. It’s probably one of the easiest ways of changing something in your life.

Tai says that if you can’t find people to mentor you, look at another source of mentorship: books! There is so much personal development that can be done from reading books! I’ve read more books in the last couple of months than I have during my entire life. If you’re not a big reader, try audiobooks. We’ve partnered with Audible to bring you a free audiobooks! Changing who you spend your time with, even if it’s spending time with authors through their books, can make all the difference in changing the direction of your life.

Check out Tai’s TED Talk below!