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How Your Role Models Relate To Your Business Motivation

Every entrepreneur needs to be careful about who they choose as their role models. Your choices speak to your mindset, your business motivation, and your business success. In this episode, business coaches Dan Sullivan and Shannan Waller talk about why each of Dan’s five role models made the list.

Here's some of what you'll learn in this episode:

  • The three categories that all five role models fit into.
  • How Euclid’s principles are timeless.
  • How the qualities of Dan’s role models influence his creation of Strategic Coach® thinking tools.
  • Things most people don’t know about Shakespeare.
  • The uniqueness and intelligence evident in Bach’s music.
  • The ways in which all five of Dan’s role models were entrepreneurs.

Show Notes:

Your role models should have qualities you aspire to.

The one law that really governs everything is that gravity respects no angle except a 90-degree angle.

Our entire physical world has been based on one book by Euclid.

You need to understand each one of Euclid’s principles before you can understand the next.

Being exploited with food is better than dying from no food.

The vast majority of great people are not widely recognized as great during their own time.

Nobody in particular is in charge of the U.S. The rules are in charge.

The pursuit of happiness is not the same as happiness.

Being inspired by someone doesn’t mean trying to imitate them.

Edison created the model for how to systematically invent new things.

Mindsets create habits, and habits are things that work that have become automatic.


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Episode Transcript:
Shannon Waller: Hi, Shannon Waller here and welcome to Inside Strategic Coach with Dan Sullivan. Dan, you have talked before about the fact that you have five role models, none of whom are currently alive, which I think is kind of fascinating and I'm super curious as to why they are role models for you and how that is. So I'll let you say who they are, but I'd love to know who do you really hold in high esteem historically, and why are they role models for you?
Dan Sullivan: This is a long-term, what I would say, project. Because I've been thinking about this. Certainly I had these five when I met you, and it's 32 years since we engaged with each other and you joined Strategic Coach. I'm a lifetime reader, and I've really zeroed in on people whose abilities were so extraordinarily apparent even when they were alive. And it goes way back. Some of them go way back. But I'm going to use two words here to sort of structure the explanation here. I would say unique is one of the words, timeless is another word, and structure is a third word.
With one of them, there's not a lot of historical records, but it was very, very clear that this person had profound impact in his own time. And it was a Greek, but he lived in Alexandria, Egypt, and this was 300 BC. Alexandria had a great library. For the times, it was considered the greatest library in the world, and it was a center of learning for the whole Eastern Mediterranean, which was basically the known world from an intellectual standpoint. That was Euclid. His name was Euclid.
My second one is Shakespeare, who lived in the crossover between 1500s and 1600s. And Johann Sebastian Bach, who lived in the 17th century, and then James Madison, who was really the author of the US Constitution. And Thomas Edison, who was born in the middle of the 1800s, lived into the 1900s and was born in the same town that I grew up in, in Milan, Ohio. Northern Ohio.