This week’s feature: “World Class Thinking”.

This is the third in a series of articles describing what the Global Insurance Portal is all about.

In previous articles, we discussed the mandate of filling the insurance gap for our clients, and how the formation of a network of providers can accomplish this. Today our question is: how should this network of providers be managed so that the right team of experts can be assembled for each client?

To start, I’m going to share some of the teachings I have gleaned from one of my mentors, Steve Siebold. I have never met Steve personally, but I have made the study of his research on world class performance part of my daily routine. These lessons have helped me design my role as the developer of the Global Insurance Portal. They have helped me formulate my global world view, and to define my job as one of teambuilding and organizational development for an array of immensely talented world performers.

They will give you insight into the principles and ideas that went into this innovative form of insurance distribution.

In subsequent articles I will provide more details on how I bring together and manage ensemble teams of these experts.

All the quotes are from Steve’s book, “177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class – the Thought Processes, Habits, and Philosophies of the Great Ones,” London House, United States, copyright 2010.

  • “The world class believes in the philosophy of one collective global economy. True champions know what happens in Bombay affects what happens in Chicago, and what happens in Sydney affects what happens in Tokyo.” p 102
  • “Champions understand the world is an interdependent, complex network in which the aggregate potential is limitless. The great ones know successful people and organizations of the future must rely on the collective collaboration of the team.” p 125
  • “Champions embrace leadership for what it is: the facilitation, guidance, and influence necessary to bring about change… The pros see leadership as building a team, connected both intellectually and spiritually, in order to manifest the vision of the unit.” p 127
  • “World class performers learn to see their greatest achievements as a team effort. They realize grand achievements demand more than any one person can deliver. They enlist other great performers to join the team, and often give most of the credit for their achievements to those talented team members… their worldview of achievement seems to be, ‘it takes a village.’” p 133
  • “If I had to name the single characteristic shared by all truly successful people I’ve met over a lifetime, I’d say it is the ability to create and nurture a network of contacts.” Quote from Harvey Mackay, founder, Mackay envelope corporation. p 140
  • “Champions know the most valuable assets they have are their personal and professional networks. In business, you can measure the power of a player by the size of the Rolodex… professional performers are not only collecting business cards, but also handpicking exactly who they want to network with, based on who can help them the most.”… the great ones build relationships with the movers and shakers of society.” p 140


Our friend and colleague George Bailey runs a radio show that is committed to financial education for children. This is a truly noble mission because nothing is more important than giving the next generation the proper values and mindset for financial success.

George was kind enough to interview me recently. We talked about my own childhood and career, and the message I would like to send to upcoming consumers of financial products. He conducted a very professional interview, and we both enjoyed it immensely. I think you will too. Here’s the link:


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