Learn From Those Who Have Gone Before You!


Dan Blanchard award-winning author, speaker and educator

Newton said, “We need to stand on the shoulders of Giants.” Newton, who was one of those Giants practiced what he preached by being a big fan of the Giant Plato. Plato epitomizes the type of Giant that had gone successfully before us. Plato was the student of Socrates, and the teacher of Aristotle. Aristotle in return was the student of Plato and the teacher of Alexander the Great! Hmm… Do you see a learning and teaching pattern developing here? Even the “Greats” stood on the shoulders of Giants that went successfully before them.

You see the message here is that no one person, no matter how great he or she is, can truly be an island. We don’t have to go it alone… We should be looking for others that have gone successfully before us to help us. I know… I know… Some of you think that asking for help is a sign of weakness, or even worse, cheating!

I realize in school you were taught to keep your own eyes on your own paper, and to work in isolation or you’ll get a zero for cheating. Well, I have some news for you. That’s only called cheating in school! In the real world helping each other toward the answers of our problems is called collaboration, teamwork, and networking. And on top of all of that, it’s also one of the smartest things that you can do!

Trust me, you want to pursue success through the highway of human contact and not through the old back road of isolation. All past and present Giants succeeded through human contact. They learned from each other and they taught each other. Find someone that has successfully gone before you and do what they did.



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Dan Blanchard, Teen Leadership, The Storm

*The difference between two youths today and the same two youths in 10 years from now will be the books they read and the people they talked to!




*Deanna Adams: Author of, A Mother’s Survival: Finding Balance Through the Storms. Learn more here: https://tinyurl.com/y8gl5bm4

*Kathy Orzech: Author of, ASYLUM. Learn more here: https://tinyurl.com/y9atr4pf

*Casey Morley: Author of, Crawling Out: One Woman’s Journey to Break the Cycle of Abuse. Learn more here: https://tinyurl.com/ya6y3j3d