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An idea that helped me with a situation today: give everyone you know a position in an imaginary advisory board of your life.

  • Your spouse?  He or she can be your chief advisor on how to love and live with others.
  • Your children?  They can be key consultants on understanding motivation and irrational human behavior.
  • Your parents?  They can be models on how to age gracefully.
  • The annoying coworker?  He or she can be a prompt to help develop your patience.

And taking a page from Napoleon Hill: if there are advisors you want but don’t have, or people you’d like on your Life Board that you don’t know, draft them or make them up.

  • Make Abraham Lincoln your advisor on management.
  • Make Winston Churchill or Malcolm X your speech consultant.
  • Make Ernest Hemingway or Jocko Willink your advisor on action.
  • Make Stephen Hawking or Albert Einstein your advisor on scientific inquiry.
  • Pick a Rothschild and make them your advisor on money management.
  • Have James Bond or Bill Clinton advise you on body language.

One of my key advisors is training me to review how I react when provoked by people I consider ignorant, stupid, misinformed, or aggressively idiotic; whereas two days ago, he was more of a pain, he is now a key hire in my life (and he’s not even getting paid!).

So my challenge now: when faced with a hard human relations situation, I want to think of the person facing me as an advisor, take a breath, and think about how this person is helping me.  It’s already changing everything for the better.

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