What has always surprised me is that the people who generate incredible amounts of value for humanity, and consequently tremendous wealth for themselves in the process, are happy to share that they had help from someone on a higher plateau, a mentor who took them under their wing. However, the majority of people I come across seem intent on proving that they did it all themselves, that they achieved some form of ultimate glory by not enlisting the help or services of anyone else. To each their own, I suppose, yet I believe the former provides the path to greater, more harmonious riches.
The fortunate thing is that with the dawn of the internet, some mentors can be found more easily than they used to. One of the most incredible things that the United States has ever produced is a segment of the population that turned out to be exceptionally value-driven, travelling mentors. The likes of Jim Rohn, Zig Ziglar, Og Mandino, Brian Tracy, Tom Hopkins, Denis Waitley, and the list goes on. These are people who, with much fewer distractions than our age, were able to bring incredible value to the marketplace and to people’s lives. They struggled through the Great Depression, World War II, and somewhere after the time of military-structure corporate America, they realized there was a wind of change coming – one that could empower the individual to take responsibility for themselves in a way that was not entirely possible before. A person had not only the right to free speech; they also had the implicit right to wake up as early as they wanted to; to work as many hours as they wanted to; to work as many jobs simultaneously as they wanted to; to care for their reputation and their customers reputation as much as they wanted to, etc., etc., etc.
Here is a sample of Jim Rohn talking about personal development and why you should value the people you interact with.