These Are The Seven Admirable Leaders Who Virtually Mentored Me
We're all standing on the shoulders of giants, and we couldn't flourish to the degree we do without the numerous others who have gone before us and led the way. So, whose shoulders are you standing on?
When I began my Atlanta journey in 2005, I didn't know what I was doing. Recently married, moving across the country, going to college, and launching a company was too much for me to handle. It broke me in many ways. Unfortunately, I added to this pressure by choosing and allowing toxic influences in my life. Eventually, I was freed and moved beyond these influences to intentionally choose the type of people I aspired to be like. As a result, I discovered multiple public leaders (Listed below) who inspired me to greater heights than I would have risen to on my own.
Andy Stanley - Founder of Northpoint Ministries
Andy was instrumental in helping me move out of my shell into the man God created me to be. In 2010 I was invited by a friend to attend Catalyst, a major Christian leadership conference. After hearing Andy speak I began reading his books, listening to his weekly sermons, and sharing his leadership podcast with my team. His influence permeated my life and eventually led to me joining Gwinnett church in August 2017, seven years later.
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Dennis Rouse - Founder Of Victory World Church
When we first attended Victory World Church (around 2008?) at the urging of my wife, I sensed Dennis would mentor me over the subsequent years. That sense was correct. He finished teaching me from the pulpit what it meant to be a disciple of Jesus, and what my Christ-centered community back in Arizona had started. Four years later, I'd leave the comfort of this well-grounded church and experience what it meant to live out my calling.
Simon Sinek - Founder of Start With Why
I first encountered Simon through his popular golden circles TED talk. I was hooked and ever since I've listened and watched almost every interview and talk he's done. Well informed and insightful, Simon has a way of powerfully pushing back on the traditional business forces to paint of a vision of how business ought to operate.
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Ravi Zacharias - Founder of RZIM
I've listened to so many Ravi radio shows I could probably speak on his behalf! Ravi shared with me how to speak the truth in love with those who hold different worldviews and perspectives. He helped anchor me into a strong theology with practical application. I'm also inspired by Ravi's amazing team of speakers including Abdu Murray, Nabeel Qureshi, and Andy Bannister.
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Seth Godin - Author and Speaker
I don't recall how I originally heard about Seth Godin, but I've been reading his blog ever since. Each post he publishes provides a unique and personal perspective on marketing. Regardless of what he writes about, I'm reading it. He modeled years of consistency, and his message to take action while leaving perfection in the dust truly resonates with me.
Hugh Ross - Founder of Reasons To Believe
I was connected to Reasons to Believe through RZIM and Hugh provided answers to questions few people seem to ask. He also provided a model for harmonizing the book of scriptures (the Bible) with the book of nature (scientific understanding). I love watching, listening to and reading his work.
Blair Enns - Founder Of Win Without Pitching
Win Without Pitching was introduced to me at a moment when I was burnt out proposing and pitching to businesses. I knew there had to be a better way, but what was it? It was in that magical moment I learned of Blair's manifesto and I quickly ordered and read the book. As a result, I transformed the business model of Noodlehead Marketing using his framework. It changed my business and it changed my life.
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I admire these leader's ability to transcend how they see the world and communicate it in a compelling and inspiring way. How they lead, manage and value people in their pursuit to teach truth has had a positive and powerful impact in my life. I'm grateful for their important and valuable work, and I wouldn't be where I am today without them.