Whether you’re running a business, a studio, a home, or just your own life, you should have a board of directors.
A board of directors in a corporation exists to guide and direct the big decisions. While the big picture perspective of those directors doesn’t always cover or clarify every decision made by every employee every day, the overall sentiment of the board should trickle down into those details. The directors set the tone for day-to-day operations. They create the atmosphere, the corporate culture that permeates every choice every day.
No matter what you do or how you do it, you need a board of directors. But more important and more urgent than that, you already have a board of directors. They’re the people around you who you’ve allowed to influence your decisions – your parents, your spouse, your employers and supervisors, etc.
If you don’t intentionally select a board of directors for yourself, you’ll unknowingly select them anyway. And a board of directors you don’t choose will likely guide you in ways you do not want.
Let me share my current board of directors…
1. Joel Osteen. For 2017, Osteen is the new chairman of the board. And this is because I have determined that the most important thing I need to do in 2017 is make encouraging others my top priority. I brought Joel on the board and made him chairman all at once because of my dedication to this one ability. Osteen lives and breathes encouragement. It’s pretty much the only thing he does. And while he has never been on my board before, when I started looking for someone who embodies encouragement, Joel was the obvious choice.
2. Tony Robbins. A former chairman, Tony sits at Joel’s right hand on my board. While he also encourages, the reason I invited Tony to the board several years ago was his confidence. Tony has often been called the most confident man in the world. And years ago, I needed that influence most. I still need that influence every day.
3. Stephen Covey. Stephen was the longest running chairman of the board. And though we lost him in 2012, he still holds an honorary position on my board posthumously. Throughout my life, Stephen has influenced me more than any other person, except Jesus Christ. Covey’s dedication to personal effectiveness guided me through decades of development. And his chair on the board will probably always remain open in honor of his influence and memory.
4. Jimmy Buffett. In my well researched opinion, Jimmy has long been the most underestimated entertainer in the world. In 2016, Forbes Magazine proclaimed Taylor Swift the world’s highest paid celebrity. According to Forbes, she earned $170M this year. That’s a little more than Jimmy Buffet earned. But just a little. And Buffett has been earning astronomical income for four decades while personifying the dream lifestyle of a beach bum. Jimmy Buffett is a master of persona, and a master of revenue. The money he has earned as an entertainer is a tiny fraction of what he has earned as a brand. There is no other celebrity on the planet who has the presence of Jimmy Buffett. And yet that stellar presence is deeply rooted in every blue collar worker from Detroit to Tallahassee.
5. Andy Andrews. The least-known member on my board is hardly unknown. I invited Andy to the board when I heard about how he sold a million copies of his first self-published book. This was long before Amazon and digital publishing existed, when self-publishing meant taking out a second mortgage and buying a truckload of books. And that’s exactly what he did. An inspiring author, and a dedicated family man, Andrews has literally pulled himself out of very dark places. As a teen, Andy was orphaned and found himself alone, bitter, and homeless. But he never gave up, and now he shares his own and many other historical stories of hope and encouragement through over twenty books and countless speaking engagements. Nobody tells a story like Andy Andrews.
6. Joe Walsh. Like Joel Osteen, Joe is a new addition to the board for 2017. While he has struggled extensively with drugs and alcohol, he has been clean and sober for 22 years. In his lifetime, Joe has known tremendous success, tremendous failure, and tremendous heartache. My choice to add him to the board was influenced by his life experience, but mostly the result of his ‘average joe’ celebrity persona. He is undoubtedly one of the most talented guitarists on the planet. But he presents himself to the world as approachable and relatable. He expresses relational skills I need to foster this year, coupled with an independent bluntness that resounds with me.
So there you have it, my 2017 board of directors. And here’s the thing about these guys… I’ve never met any of them, and they’ve never heard of me. That doesn’t matter. Because I’m still significantly influenced by them through their books, songs, speeches, and lifestyles. They influence my life and business every day. They don’t make the decisions, but they guide them through their own choices and examples.
If you want to experience more success in 2017, pick your own board of directors for your own reasons. Pick people you admire for their achievements, presence, and influence. And let them influence your growth every day this year.
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