I was listening to a training from a gentleman by the name of Pedro Adao and he made a statement that caught my attention.
He said “Success Has Many Fathers.”
That statement stood out to me for some reason so I stopped what I was doing and listened closer.
He said that he heard the statement from somewhere else but he doesn’t remember where he heard it. However, in his life, he found this to be true.
People who are successful typically worked under, learned from and copied other people who were successful.
I believe that to be true. I know it has been true in my experience.
Many people like to refer to themselves or others as “self made success stories.” However, if we are honest with ourselves, there really is no such thing as self made success stories.
Almost every single person who is successful had other people who they learned from as to how to be successful.
Bill Gates is one of the wealthiest and most financially successful people in the world. However, Bill Gates says that he has a mentor, another wealthy and financially successful billionaire by the name of Warren Buffet.
Kobe Bryant, may he rest in peace was one of the greatest basketball players in the world. However, he constantly referred to Phil Jackson, his long time coach and Michael Jordan, his “big brother” as people who helped him along the way.
That is what I believe the saying “success has many fathers” means. It simply means that people who are successful typically learned from other people in order to be successful.
Just like success in general has many fathers, I believe people who become good stewards also have many fathers.
If you want to become a better steward in each of the five areas of stewardship, one of the fastest ways to get there is to find people who are already good stewards in these areas and learn from them.
I have found that there are five areas of stewardship. They are as follows:
1 – Stewardship over time.
2 – Stewardship over talents and skills.
3 – Stewardship over finances.
4 – Stewardship over health.
5 – Stewardship over relaionships.
In order to become a better steward, I had many “fathers” who have mentored me along the way.
The very first person that I even learned the concept of stewardship from is my first Pastor at my church. His name is Bishop Roderick R Caesar Jr.
Bishop Caesar taught me the scripture Pslam 24:1 which says…
The earth is the LORD’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
He then taught me that what this means is that we are STEWARDS not OWNERS. Stewards of everything and owners of nothing.
Those simple lessons put me on the road to becoming a better steward.
In addition to learning about the concept of stewardship, I have had mentors in each of the five areas of stewardship.
The first mentor who taught me the value of time was a gentleman by the name of Brian Carruthers.
I was involved in network marketing and he was the top income earner in my upline in the network marketing company I was involved in. At the time he earned over a million dollars a year.
This was probably more than 10 years ago. He’s probably making even more than that today.
Brian always spoke about the importance of compressing timeframes and the importance of utilizing your time effectively.
I was fortunate enough to be able to spend a full day with Brian and I got to watch him work.
This man really knew how to compress time frames!
He picked me up from the bus station in his luxury SUV and took me to his multi-million dollar home. He showed me how he prospects for his business and how he follows up with his prospective customers and business partners.
However, the biggest thing I learned from Brian was how to make the most of my time.
We had time to work a full day of work, eat, hang out together, go cruising in his Ferrari convertible, hang out with his wife and still get 7-8 hours of sleep.
Today I am really good about stewarding my time because of the lessons I learned watching Brian more than a decade ago.
People are blown away at how much I can get done in a 24 hour day.
I’ve had other mentors along the way that I learned how to become a better steward of my time from. People like Stephen Covey, David Byrd and Mark Joyner.
Keep in mind you don’t have to have always met your mentors. Covey and Byrd, I’ve never met or interacted with at all. Joyner, I’ve never met in person but we have interacted with each other online at least.
In fact, when you do one on one coaching with me, one of the first areas that I usually tackle with most of my clients is the area of stewardship over time.
That’s because in order to utilize your talents and skills, your finances, your health and your relationship you need time. So by becoming a better steward of your time, that will free you up to become better stewards in the other areas.
However, time isn’t the only area that I have had mentors in.
I’ve had mentors that have taught me how to better utilize my talents and skills.
I’ve had mentors that have taught me how to better utilize my finances.
I’ve had mentors that have taught me how to better utilize my health.
I’ve had mentors that have taught me how to better interact in my relationships.
In fact, I even had a mentor that help me get this podcast set up. His name is Sam Crowley and he has one of the most successful podcasts on the internet today!
So just like success has many fathers becoming a better steward has many fathers as well. And when I say fathers I don’t mean it in the literal sense of a male figure. I’ve had many women who I have learned from who have helped me to become a better steward as well.
Hopefully, I can be one of the “fathers” that help you in your journey to becoming a better steward.
Roosevelt Cooper – The10Talents.com
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