Discover the power of the ‘virtual leader’, and how YOU can tap into their expertise from a distance.
Hi and welcome to my blog! My name is Avil Beckford, also known as The Expert Interviewer, and the creator of Leaders are Great Readers.
What does it mean to be a successful and accomplished person?
The reality is that success is very personal and means different things to different people, but one trait that is often common among the most accomplished people is continuous learning. And these people learn in a variety of ways – formally and informally. They usually have an extensive personal library. And they are not reading contemporary books, they are getting schooled in a classic education.
During the Middle Ages (400 CE to 1400 CE), mostly members of the clergy, such as priests and monks were able to read and write, therefore they held and wielded an exceptional amount of power. During the Renaissance (1400 to 1600), with the invention and adoption of the printing press, books were more readily available, so literacy rates soared in Europe. The Early Modern era (1600 to 1800), especially the Enlightenment in 1700s, with great thinkers such as Voltaire, Denis Diderot, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, people started to reason for themselves, instead of relying on the teachings of institutions. The printing press was a game changer, and more people became accomplished because they had access to books and were now able to think for themselves.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said, “Everything has been thought of before, but the problem is to think of it again.” Wouldn’t it be great if you could reconnect with old ideas that are forgotten but not outdated? How would you like to be exposed to the ideas of the great thinkers like Voltaire, Denis Diderot, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau mentioned above? Reading the right books, and imaging the right behaviours of the right people will take you closer to success.
What does this mean for you and for me to learn from the experiences of others.
I am a voracious reader, and always have been. I am embarking on my classic education, and you are the beneficiary! Each month, I invest over 200 hours of my time reading books, and researching great thinkers. I present you with invisible mentors – unique leaders you can learn things from by observing them from a distance or by reading about them – in the form of interviews with highly accomplished individuals, mini biographies of wise people and great thinkers, and book reviews/summaries. The Invisible Mentor blog bridges the new with the old. Imagine the great ideas you’ll generate by being exposed to old and forgotten ideas? What that means for you and for me is that we can use old and forgotten, but not outdated ideas to solve today’s problems.
The next step for me is putting together the virtual book club, and I would love it if you joined me on the journey!
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Note of Disclosure
To make it easy for you, I have included the link for you to easily purchase books mentioned. All Amazon links on the Invisible Mentor Blog are affiliate links.