A few years ago as I was having breakfast with Emmitt Smith and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones came up in conversation.
Emmitt said, “One of the smartest things I did after being drafted was to ask Jerry if I could just hang out in his office and listen to him all day - all the conversations he’d have. It was the best thing I ever did.”
See, to be successful in business and in life - you must learn from people that you are normally not accustomed to being around.
Here's Emmitt Smith, a first-round NFL draft pick, a 21-year-old kid, who had the wherewithal to think, "I know this game of football and have that down. However, making money, business deals, and things of that nature, I’m not familiar with, so I'm going to latch onto someone who is."
This is a classic example of "dig the well before you're thirsty."
Everyone's so busy all the time with their current problems that they don't think to solve future problems before they come up.
Shadowing someone who's traveled the path you want to take and using them as a mentor is an excellent way to accomplish that.
So, who do you want to be like and have you started shadowing them yet?