Leveraging On People

by Patrick Liew on August 11, 2011

One of my mentors, Mr. David Lim, sends weekly articles to inspire and teach us.

In one of the articles, he highlighted an interesting fact.

The Redwood is one of the tallest trees in the world. It can grow up to 113 meters tall. It has a massive trunk of 10 meters in diameter and can live for more than 3000 years.  (www.ss.ca.gov/ museum/ redwood.htm)

You may think that for such a gigantic tree, it must have strong and deep roots. The answer is wrong.

The roots of a mature Redwood are surprisingly shallow. They are only about to six feet deep (1.2 – 1.8 m).

How then do they survive the ravages of nature? Redwood trees remain tall and upright by growing together with other Redwood trees. Their roots can intertwine and even fuse together!

Here’s my take on this fact. Like the Redwood, I need to seek advice from the right people. I need to mix with them so that I can grow strong and reach the stars in my life.

There are essentially four kinds of people I need in my life.

1.       Heroes and Mentors

There is a saying, ‘If we want to fly with eagles, don’t mix around with turkeys.’

I need heroes to model after and inspire me to do well in life. I also need mentors that are willing to advise and coach me to achieve success.

2.       ‘Master Mind’ Group

Napoleon Hill, in his best-selling book, Think & Grow Rich, counseled us to form ‘Master Mind’ Group.

This is a group of like-minded people who share similar vision and values with me. They inspire me and help me to go further and faster in life.

3.       Personal Coaches

Bob Nardell, Ex-CEO of Home Depot, commented, ‘I believe that people, unless coached, never reach their maximum capabilities.’

I agree with the statement because I am a beneficiary of personal coaching.

Professional coaches can help me fine tune my goals and visions. They can help me develop my strategies and action steps. More importantly, they can inspire and encourage me to take action and improve my results.

I believe in paying for personal coaching. If I don’t pay for these services, I will not commit myself fully to the programmes.

4.       Positive Interactions

In the process of going through a day, I will meet many people.

I choose to interact with positive people. I am mindful about learning from them.

I want to keep my mind open to their feedback – no matter how humbling or even painful they may be. If there are positive suggestions, I want to adopt them in my life.

I endeavor to avoid negative people. If I have to converse with them, I will put on my ‘anti-virus filter’ to prevent negative inputs from going into my system.

I will learn from them about what I should not do in my life.


People mould and shape my life more than I ever dream or imagine. Most of the time, it is done accidentally rather through careful planning and intention.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

Please go to ‘Notes’ found below my profile picture.

Visit my Inspiration blog at http://liewinspiration.wordpress.com

Visit my Transformation blog at http://hsrpatrickliew.wordpress.com

Please read them and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!


Question:  How can we learn from and mix with the right people?




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