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Quite simply, the life of a leader is a life of fighting average. Fighting ordinariness and complacency. It’s natural for you, me and everyone else to succumb to the warmth and seduction of mediocrity.

A leadership mindset is one of awareness, and, of course, action—to wake up daily and be aware of what’s going on in your life. It’s common to read an article like this and apply it only to your business, but when I say be aware of what’s going on in your life, I mean take a good look at four key areas of your life every morning and take stock of what’s working, what’s not, and where things can be more effective today than they were yesterday. The four areas are: your relationships; your physical well-being; your spiritual side (contribution); and your work (mental and finance).

Rather than attacking all four areas each and every day, focus on working on at least one. While work will most likely be top of mind on a day-to-day basis, pay attention to the other three areas, as they often play a key role in regard to why things haven’t panned out at work. You have to truly know and believe that you can and will make a difference when you continue to seek wisdom, ask for support, and commit to continually being more effective in every area you pursue.

Of course, it’s simple for me to say that asking for and accepting support are vital to your success. It’s also easy for you to read and nod along. But, it’s important to note that 85 percent of us will usually do all we can to avoid asking for support. What’s worse is that we’ll go so far as to refuse help and support when offered, even when deep inside we would like to say yes. Why do we do that?

Simply put, many of us have become trained and conditioned to believe that asking for support is a sign of weakness, when in actuality, it’s a sign of strength and leadership. A true leader who spurns mediocrity and strives to rise above will not only ask for support, wisdom and guidance, but seek it out as well. This is what we call a growth mindset…and it works.

Rick Geha of The Rick Geha Real Estate Team began his real estate career at age 22, and has been selling for over 36 years and has run, managed or owned real estate offices for the past 23 years. His love of people and mentoring their passions has led him to a successful career as a speaker, trainer and coach. Over the past 15 years, he’s led more than 1,000 classes and workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada. He is currently a coach with Workman Success Systems. Contact him at

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