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Studying Your Role Model

List 10 Things that Make Your Role Model Successful

My dad turned 74 years old yesterday. If you haven’t met Jim Smith, trust me when I say that when the two of us are together, it is hard for some people to believe that we are father and son. It’s not that I look old. I think I look pretty good for 49. But he doesn’t look 74. I may be “The Strength Coach,” but Dad is the epitome of the literal meaning of “strength.” He’s in great shape, showing no signs of fading. What are his secrets?

Dad Snapper

  1. His confidence. He believes in himself. He defines himself. And he is motivated by the doubts of others. He was once told early in his corporate career that he would never be a manager. He went on to become the CEO of two corporations. Sometimes, he comes off as arrogant but he definitely believes in himself and his abilities.
  2. His routine. He calibrates himself for success. He has a very predictable routine. He goes to bed around 10:30. He gets up around 5:30. He reads the paper and watches the news. He manages his time.
  3. His tools. He makes sure to maximize his use of and understanding of his tools: iPhone, iPad, computer. It is as if he were a member of a much younger generation. He has always been on the cutting edge of new technologies that improve his productivity.
  4. His activity. He is always active and getting exercise,. He is constantly moving. Whether it is working in his garden, or deep sea fishing, playing golf, or volunteering his time constructing houses, the guy has a motor that will not quit.
  5. His self care. Dad is a cancer survivor. Because he has always had routine checkups, his cancer was discovered in time so surgery was possible. He has been cancer free for 15 years. He is attentive to his body and investigates anything out of whack. For much of his life, he worked out in the gym. (He’s been slacking a bit lately, so I’ll have to poke him in the belly and that will get his attention!)
  6. His interactions. Dad is constantly talking on the phone or visiting people. He draws a lot of energy from interacting with others. He has the gift of gab. He can’t put his iPhone down. He is aways connected to people. When he walks into a room, he owns the room. There is no such thing as a stranger.
  7. His work ethic. Dad is constantly taking care of business. He spends a lot of time thinking about his company and analyzing what is working and what is not.
  8. His use of time. Dad doesn’t waste a second. He recently boasted that he read an article that listed the most popular television shows and he had not seen an episode of any of them! No time for TV. He might kick back and watch a ball game from time-to-time, or fall asleep on the couch in front of the Western Channel late at night. But mostly, my dad is busy gettin’ stuff done.
  9. His play. Dad is not a workaholic. He balances his life and sets aside time to fish, play golf, travel, go swimming, lay in the hammock, sip on a glass of wine and entertain friends. Dad masterfully balances work and play.
  10. His focus on family. He realizes that there is nothing more important than his family and I admire him and appreciate the assistance he has provided for me and my children, and my sister. He is in regular contact with his brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. He is the chair of the family reunion committee for 2014. His family lovingly refers to him by his nickname since childhood: “Bunk”

My dad retired from his corporate career in 2003, only to return as a consultant and then a full time manager. He announced his second retirement which was supposed to be in June, 2013. Now I’m hearing that he may go even longer. I wish he would go on and retire so I can focus his brain on helping me grow the “Inner Strength Movement!”

I’ve learned so much about life from just watching this man. And that doesn’t even include the things he as told me that have made me successful.

I urge you to look at your role model and if you don’t have one, find one. STUDY that person. What are their habits? What are their routines? How do they calibrate themselves for success? Categorize their successful traits and make an attempt to incorporate them into your own life! And strive to become a role model for others.


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  1. Yes! Greg I agree, your Dad is a great role model. If there was a #11 I would add: Giving Back. Your Dad has helped many people. He is always willing to give a hand up to family and community. What a blessing! I admire and love him.

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