I often I hear people talk about being self-made. That they started from the bottom and they have grown to be titans.

Often stories of successful people are told as one lone ranger who single handedly overcame enormous obstacles to success.

This narrative has not be told to reflect the truth.

I believe a lot of successful people are not self made.

Successful people get to where they are by standing on the shoulders of giants.

Success is built on the foundation of parents, coaches, mentors and teachers, of kind souls to share their experiences and nuggets of their path.

A personal vision is important, disciple and hard work are important, having that fire in your belly is important, but you will never get to success without the help and collaboration of others.

To claim to be a self made success is to discount every person and every piece of advice that got you there. And it gives the wrong impression and that you can do it alone.

We all need fuel.

The worst thing you can ever do is think that you know enough.

Never stop learning. Ever.

You can admit that you can’t do it alone. I certainly can’t. No one can.

Without assistance, advice and inspiration of others, the gears of our mind grind to a halt, and we are stuck with nowhere to go.

I have always treated the world as my classroom, soaking up lessons and stories to fuel my path forward.

I hope you do the same.

Successful people [leaders, entrepreneurs] are not born successful, they are made successful… by others.

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