5 Men Who Changed My Life This Year

Jim Rohn said, “You’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.”  For the past year, I took that advice to heart.  I made it a point to take every opportunity to be around people who challenged me to be better.  They all live generous, successful, well-balanced lives of integrity.  When I couldn’t physically be around these people; I read their books, listened to their podcasts and attended their conferences.  Each of the following men have had a tremendous impact on my thinking and have inspired me to pursue a life of passion and meaning.

1. Dan Miller – NY Times Best Selling Author, Speaker and Coach (more about Dan Here)

I first heard of Dan Miller when a friend introduced me to his podcast (Listen). I was immediately inspired by his perspective on, as he puts it, “finding work that is meaningful, purposeful and profitable.”  Gone are the days when you slug it out  in a job you hate for 30 years and retire to a beach in Florida until you wither away and die.  In his book 48 Days to the Work You Love, he lays out a proven plan to find the career that you were made for.

Dan is also a highly sought after career coach.  People pay him big money for access to his wisdom and experience.  Dan share’s his knowledge about coaching through a live event called Coaching With Excellence.  For as long as I can remember, I’ve been passionate about helping people reach their potential.  When I found out it was possible to make a career out of it as a coach, I was all in.  The event was incredible.  I immediately signed up for Dan’s Coaching Mastery Program to become a certified coach.  It’s the career I’ve always wanted and Dan helped me get started.  Dan is one of the most generous and inspiring men I have ever met.  He has changed the trajectory of my life forever.  Thank you Dan!

2. Bob Goff – Consul for Uganda, Creator of Restore International, Speaker and NY Times Best-Selling Author (more about Bob Here)

I want to be like Bob.  When my current wife Lydia and I were dating, she gave me Bob’s book, Love Does.  It changed my life.  He inspired me to say yes to adventure.  Ready fire aim!  I was in hot pursuit of my wife at the time so I called Bob up and asked him to be a part of my engagement plan.

Read the whole story here. It’s a good one.

Bob is the real deal.  He lives love by doing things, not talking about them.  He reminds us that you don’t have to have everything figured out to start, you just need to take a step forward. Why hesitate?  For my last birthday, my wife took me to see Bob.  We had the privilege of hearing him speak and talking with him afterward. He remembered us from our engagement adventure a year earlier.  Thank you Bob for showing me how to live love and not just talk about it.

3. Andy Andrews – NY Times Best-Selling Author and Storyteller

photo 4Andy sounds like a hillbilly when he talks.  He isn’t particularly polished or well spoken and there isn’t anything outwardly impressive about him.  He is an incredible speaker and story teller and has the ability to extract valuable wisdom from everyday experiences.  Andy is hired by large corporations, college and professional sports teams and multimillionaires to guide and direct them to higher levels of performance.  Andy helps me focus on what’s important.

For more about Andy (http://www.andyandrews.com/)

When he was 19, he lost both of his parents within a few months.  After his parents death, Andy became homeless and lived under a pier in Alabama for over a year.  I met Andy at a Conference in Dallas this year.  His books and his podcasts have dramatically influenced the way I think.  He’s taught me how to be grateful for what I have and how to control my thinking.  Thank you Andy!

4. Michael Hyatt – NY Times Best-Selling Author and Speaker

photo 2Michael is an expert on Leadership, Blogging and Platform Building.  He consistently shares valuable content on his blog at  http://michaelhyatt.com/

He’s a giver.  When he figures something out, he share’s it with his audience. The very blog you are reading was created using a template designed by his team.

Michael shares everything from technical knowledge to interpersonal relationship advice.  When I run out of ideas for building my platform, I run to Michael’s blog for answers.

Thank you for serving your audience well!


5. Dr. Kevin Leman – NY Times Best-Selling Author and Psychologist

IMG_1642Kevin Leman is hilarious!  If you ever get the chance to hear him speak, go for it!  He is an expert in marriage, family, sex and raising kids.  He has published over 40 books.

For more on Dr. Leman: http://www.birthorderguy.com/

An organization I am a part of had the opportunity to host an event where Dr. Leman was our featured speaker.  The crowd was in the constant state of wild laughter as he made light of the challenging subjects of sex and marriage.

My wife and I read his book Sheet Music together and it has significantly impacted our marriage in positive way.

Thank you Dr. Leman!


Who has impacted your life in the past year?  Who have you learned from?  Who has inspired you?  If you can’t think of anyone, it might be time to seek them out.  For better or for worse, “You’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” -Jim Rohn


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