WHAT DO THESE HIGH ACHIEVERS HAVE IN COMMON?

WHAT DO THESE HIGH ACHIEVERS HAVE IN COMMON?

WHAT DO THESE HIGH ACHIEVERS HAVE IN COMMON?

The most obvious answer to this question is they are all world renowned for their accomplishments. All of them – in their own way – left an indelible mark in their respective disciplines. Beyond that they have at least one more aspect in common that is directly related to their success. ALL of them benefited from mentors and supporters who stayed in the background providing guidance, ideas, expertise or instruction when needed.

JULIUS CAESAR

Much of Caesar’s fame and success came from his immense skill as a public speaker which he learned from Marcus Antonius Gnipho, himself a well-known orator and grammarian. Caesar’s military and political career was mentored to a significant extent by Gaius Marius, a skillful Roman consul and highly regarded General.  

MICHELANGELO

Sculptor, painter, architect and poet Michelangelo Buonarroti is often seen as the quintessential universal genius and polymath. He had a massive influence on the progress of Western art. Still, he learned from others, most notably Domenico Ghirlandaio, a master in fresco painting, and sculptor Bertoldo di Giovanni.

ISAAC NEWTON

Even a genius like Isaac Newton had help. He himself describes the importance of learning from others in his famous quote:

If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.”

Newton’s teacher and mentor at Cambridge was Isaac Barrow.

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

Mozart wrote over 600 high quality compositions before he turned 30, many of them undisputed masterpieces. As a child and teenager, young Wolfgang received instruction from his father Leopold. Later in his life, an older composer, Joseph Haydn guided and mentored Mozart. 

MARIE CURIE

Marie Curie’s research underpins today’s application of radiation therapy for neoplastic cancer. She collaborated extensively with her co-researcher and husband, Pierre Curie. She also learned from two academic advisors, Henri Becquerel and Gabriel Lippmann.

OPRAH WINFREY

In 1998 Time Magazine recognized Oprah Winfrey as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th Century. Winfrey herself identified her grade 4 teacher Mrs. Duncan as one of the most important people in her life:

What Mrs. Duncan did for me was to help me to not be afraid of being smart. She encouraged me to read, and she often stayed after school to work with me, helping me choose books and letting me help her grade papers.”

Even when rising to stardom Winfrey learned from others, most notably poet Maya Angelou.  “She was there for me always, guiding me through some of the most important years of my life.”

AMELIA EARHART & ALICE MUNROE

Earhart’s courage, persistence and independence are often presented as an inspirational narrative for young women. She is seen as an icon for gender equality. Earhart learned her piloting skills from flight instructor Anita Snook.

Alice Munroe came to fame much later in life winning the Nobel Prize as an octogenarian. Her mentors were broadcaster Robert Weaver and publisher Virginia Barber.

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These are just 8 examples of extraordinary achievers. There are thousands of others. Some may not have been as successful, or some might have been even more brilliant. The crux of the matter, however, is not WHAT Mozart et al. accomplished. The real take away is about the HOW. Every single one of them had help.

So let’s not presume we are better than them. Especially in the early stages most artisans find areas in which their skill or knowledge is not quite at the level of what’s needed. That deficit is holding your business back, affecting cash-flow and profit, and with that, sustainability. Perhaps you need support in accounting or jurisprudence, or fields such as marketing or operations management. The reality is that you don’t have the time to learn everything your business needs, nor can you acquire the knowledge quickly enough. So don’t be shy about asking experts for input and support.

No one can do it for you, but you can’t do it alone.”

Barbara Gallagher

                                                                                                                                                                                                          AUTHOR: HBN                                                                                                                      EDITOR: COLLEEN IMRIE              

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