Spending time with people older than yourself is vital if you are to succeed. If you are going to spend a significant amount of time with them, it’s important to be discerning, just like I hope you are with anyone else you choose to be around.
That’s why I choose to spend time with a dear 80 year old friend of mine (pictured above) multiple times a week. I have received a lifetime of important lessons from him. I apply many of these lessons on a weekly basis, and others as needed. Fortunately, he is patient. He has been a small business owner, and he understands what it takes to succeed. With his help, I have been able to help a significant amount of customers and stay profitable all year. I have been very lucky to meet and become friends with such a smart, kind man. He really puts things into perspective and is honest and helpful with his critiques. He also recognizes when I’m doing something well. Too many people focus on what’s wrong and forget to acknowledge progress.
Many times you can learn more from someone with experience than you can by sitting around reading books all day. Reading is extremely important, but don’t let it stop you from meeting and spending time with great, knowledgeable individuals.
So go out and spend time with your grandparents if they are still around. Listen to their crazy stories if they have any. Above all, listen closely to those who are older and wiser than yourself. It will change your life for the better.