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  • Writer's pictureDel Chatterson

Who’s your GURU?

Updated: Feb 18

ARE THEY STILL RELEVANT?


You probably have a few favourite go-to-gurus to help you with ideas, inspiration, words of advice, strategic tips and tactics for continuing to achieve success in your life, career, and business. I have my favourites and I’ve been following some of them for more than thirty years. Tom Peters, for example, the co-author of In Search of Excellence, first published in 1982.



You can see my full list of recommended gurus for entrepreneurs in DON’T DO IT THE HARD WAY – Part VI – References and Checklists or see the short


My list includes Seth Godin, Harvey Mackay, Stephen Covey, Anthony Robbins, and Benjamin Franklin. Do we agree on any?


But are they still relevant?


I’m trying to reconcile my dad’s old remark, “If you’ve been doing the same thing for ten years, it has to be wrong by now,” with the conventional wisdom that the fundamentals and basic principles for success in any field never change. I lectured in corporate finance at Concordia University thirty years after I graduated from my MBA at McGill and was surprised to discover that we were still using the same textbook. Financial principles for valuing a business and calculating ROI have never changed. The economy and the social and cultural environment are constantly changing and management has to adjust for developing current strategy and operations plans, but do we have to listen to different gurus, advisers and experts? Are our preferred references and resources still relevant?


The loudest, most flamboyant and outrageous seem to be getting all the attention and are an annoying distraction driving many of us to retreat into familiar territory to listen to the sources we’ve learned to trust. If we’ve made good choices, they will have adjusted to the new realities. They’re still working from a solid base of intelligence, education, and experience that will keep their advice and commentary relevant.


Ignore the noise, listen to the wise voices you know.


Be better. Do Better. Be an Enlightened Entrepreneur.


Del Chatterson, your Uncle Ralph


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