There is a Chinese Proverbs that says this:
A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study
This has consistently been true in my life. I have learned from some great men and women over time. Being someone who learns by seeing and then doing, I have always sought out conversation over studying. I would much rather watch and learn then read and learn.
I wanted to kick off this huge week of list (the greatest blog week of the year) with a list of 3 people that I would love to learn from.
I wanted to give you a little background behind the point of this list and how I picked this list. The main focus of this list are 3 individuals that I want to work with and learn from. This is not a list of people from afar, but a list of people that I would love to work with every single day. These are individuals that I have either had conversations with in the past or watched from afar. They demonstrate great leadership, creativity and have that sense of curiosity about them that makes you want to be around them.
Without any further waiting, here are the 3 people I want to learn from:
1. Tony Steward
It all started 2 years ago. Tony and I got the opportunity share a room at John Saddingtons house and got some time to talk (we were bunk mates) and from then I have been a big Tony Steward fan. Recently at Catalyst this year me and Tony talked for an hour about everything and I realized once again that I wish I worked with Tony Steward every day. He is one of those guys that thinks strategically about everything, but has a way of explaining his thoughts in plain english. He knows something about everything and is one of the brains behind church online at lifechurch.tv. Tony Steward is one guy that I would love to work under and learn from.
2. Brad Zimmerman
3 years ago Brad launched a website called churchmediadesign.tv and started putting together free video podcast to resource the church. From the day I found his site I have watched what Brad has to say from afar and have greatly benefited from his site and vodcast. He knows everything about creative design and has a huge passion for resourcing the church. This year we got to meet up at Story conference and had a life-giving conversation. I left that place feeling smarter, happier and even more curious to learn. Brad is definitely someone I want to work under and learn from.
3. Gary Vaynerchuk
I think this one is obvious. I mean I post every new video of his on this blog as soon as I see them. I love Gary’s passion, hustle, and heart for what he does. He has taught me a ton already about social media and caring about others. And as someone who loves to think outside the box to find solutions and meet others needs, Gary has continued to inspire me to press forward and work hard. I have never gotten the chance to meet Gary, and honestly will probably never get to work with Gary, but I can still learn from Gary. Gary Vee is definitely someone I want to work under and learn from.
These are just 3 of the many people that I would love to work with and learn from. I view every day as a chance to talk with people and gain insight about life. It has been a huge honor to get to talk with some great people and watch them as they lead and develop ideas, companies, and products. I cannot wait to see who I will learn from next, but you never know, it could be you.
Who is someone you want to work under and learn from?