Great Leaders Don’t Always Start Out Looking Like Great Leaders

Dan & Lisa Hawkins

Orrin Woodward posted a great article the other day about Dan and Lisa Hawkins. Dan and Lisa are Policy Council members of TEAM and co-founders of the new LIFE business. Dan and Lisa have developed into an incredible couple and incredible leaders. Leadership guru, Orrin Woodward wrote this in his post about Dan and Lisa:

“…Dan and Lisa are not your typical mechanic or daycare provider.

What’s the difference?

It isn’t talent, as everyone has the talent to develop into a leader. It isn’t connections, as Dan and Lisa didn’t have any. In fact, Dan may be the shyest person I have ever personally witnessed build the business to the PC level. (He attended four phone calling sessions without calling anyone!)

Then how did they do it?

Simply put, courage. Dan and Lisa had the courage of their convictions to go against the grain, refusing to listen to the naysayers of life; instead, they chose to pursue their dreams. They disciplined themselves to read, listen, and apply the leadership training, falling in love with the learning process. Because of their courage, because they confronted every goliath in their path, the Hawkins are now TEAM PC members and LIFE Founders.”

Dan and Lisa have been friends and business associates of mine for the past 9 years and I have had the privilege of having a front row seat to watch their journey and development into great leaders. Their story of dream/struggle/victory provides a great opportunity to share a valuable lesson for anyone to have success in life.

When you look at the Dan & Lisa Hawkins of today, it’s easy to say, “Well of course they made it, look how great they are.” But the Dan & Lisa Hawkins I met 9 years ago were quite different. In fact, my thoughts back then were, “They’re never going to make it.” My reason for sharing this with you is not to de-edify or take anything away from Dan & Lisa, but rather to let you know that great leaders don’t always start out looking like great leaders. What I learned from watching their journey is this…great leaders of tomorrow start out looking like YOU today! Here are some characteristics they developed into habits into their life that made all the difference:

1) Dared to dream BIG – they got an “elephant-sized” dream and then kept that dream in front of them daily.
2) Selected a single source of information that provided them with true success principles and didn’t let any outside source contaminate their thinking (this is actually a topic for a separate blog article by itself).
3) Developed courage – when you know your right, it’s much easier to have courage and fight through the negative and critics (remember, critics don’t have courage).
4) Listened to CD’s and read books daily that taught them success principles.
5) Consistent and persistent action – they did what they know they needed to do on a daily basis regardless of whether they felt like doing it or not (this is an important point…great leaders do what needs to be done even when they don’t feel like doing it).
6) Humbled themselves to mentor on a regular basis.

So, if you want to see what a great leader of tomorrow looks like…go look in the mirror! Make sure you check out Orrin’s full article.

Your future is waiting…go get it!

God bless and have a wonderful day, Eric Blomdahl

11 responses to this post.

  1. I love this Eric thank you for sharing … Success is success as Orrin says soo many times figure out the cost and pay it! Whether you are a ditch-digger or Doctor anybody can plug into this system and help to change people’s lives while the byproduct of you serving is a nice Residual income! “Life is too short to be little.” Disraeli


  2. Posted by Randy Collins on December 12, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    It is awesome that the Team has the example of courage in Dan and Lisa. Thanks for sharing and leading with your courage also!


  3. Posted by Tammy Maney on December 12, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Soo True Eric, Success is earned thru personal growth and having the guts to do what most are unwilling to do. Dan and Lisa a great example’s of what can be for us all. Thankyou for the encouragement to look in the mirror! God bless


  4. Posted by Patrick P. on December 12, 2011 at 11:24 pm


    Thank-You for sharing, this is a great example of what can be done when you follow the system.


  5. Posted by Steve Davanzati on December 13, 2011 at 4:47 am

    I love the story behind the leadership in Dan and Lisa. My personality and background relates so much to Dan that I know with time and commitment I will be on a Team stage! Courage really is what this will take for me to push through the goliath’s I have. Thank you Eric and Jenn for being such great uplines and friends, and for setting the example of what it takes to lead!


  6. Thank you Eric for your tireless effort in helping Lisa and I change our lives! We are eternally grateful for your friendship, leadership and teaching. Love ya, Dan


  7. Posted by Lori Platt on January 10, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    I love your dream talks, Eric. Thanks for serving the TEAM.


  8. Dan and Lisa are exactly what we all need to become. Like Mark Haas said in his recent Team Training System “How do I get the thinking to become what you are?”
    Awesome couple, awesome CD, awesome advice. Thanks Orrin, Dan and Lisa, and Eric.
    Don Fallis


  9. Eric, thanks for this post!! Dan and Lisa Hawkins are amazing and more people need to hear their story! I can’t wait till more people do.


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