Whenever I go to practice at the archery range, I try to position myself in the lane adjacent to Chris when he’s there. And he’s almost always there. Saturday was just one of those days. Chris is an experienced archer who has won multiple state and regional championships. (And I’m the furthest thing from that.)

Every time I shoot next to Chris, I always shoot a little better and manage to get a little smarter just being around him. Whether it’s simply watching his technique or him giving me some pointers, my performance always rises a notch or two around Chris.  When he’s not there and I’m stuck next to some newbies like myself, the opposite tends to happen.

My point?

Talent elevates others.

How does this relate to you?

If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.

And the fastest way to get better is to surround yourself with people better than you.

You can channel better results by being selective about those you surround yourself with. Whether it’s the office, a competitive sports environment or any other environment for that matter; this principle is a universal truth.

How you choose who you surround yourself with matters too.

How do you find the right mentors? Hmmm… I’m glad you asked…

My book Seeds of Success is a story about a mentor coach (Morgan Randall) who teaches his protégé (Jack Burton) how to advance his career by surrounding himself with a very wise preacher, a world-class CEO and a savvy Marine Corps recruiter.

He affectionately refers to these mentors as “the three wise men”.  If you read Seeds of Success, you can’t help but learn what it takes to become a better leader and make sure you’re never the smartest person in the room.

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