Strong leaders have strong beliefs. And they’re willing to share those beliefs where appropriate.
Even if those beliefs are unappreciated…
…even if they’re controversial…
…and even if they challenge accepted norms.
In fact, challenging ideas are how businesses innovate, expand, and succeed.
That’s a lesson I learned from one of my mentors, Leonard Orr.
Leonard had some pretty wild beliefs.
And while I didn’t necessary share all of them…
I was certainly influenced by his expansive perspective and original thinking.
Watch the video to discover more.
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Hi, Ron Kaufman here.
The third key mentor who had such influence in my life came after I graduated from University and I moved to Northern California. Many people don’t know that I became a licensed massage therapist while I lived in the area and also a certified breathwork practitioner. Who did I learn that from? A very unusual gentleman named Leonard Orr.
Leonard Orr was the founder of something called Conscious Connected Breathing and he also had a real belief that death itself was something optional. So he wrote this book, among many others, talking about ‘Breaking the Death Habit: The Science of Everlasting Life.’
Now, hold on a second. Of course we are mortal, which means we’re going to be leaving this earthly realm. But his point of view was distinctive, it was unique, it was expansive and it was original.
That’s what I learned from Leonard Orr as a mentor, that your thoughts, your beliefs, your ideas, they may be controversial, they may be counterintuitive, people may even contest that you’ve lost your sanity. But Leonard said, no, if I have a particular point of view and I believe in it deeply, then it’s worth holding and potentially even sharing.
So Leonard and I maintained a relationship over the years and just before he passed also from this mortal realm, had an email exchange in which he asked me, how was I doing on physical immortality. I wrote back and I shared, and he wrote this back to me.
He said, “Ron, right on. We can never achieve immortality because the end of it never happens. We can only live it each day, as you said.”
So, whether you think about yourself and your immortal spirit or your immortal incarnation, the key is to live it thoroughly, richly, originally every day. You are not here as a copycat of anyone else. You are the original you, and the original Leonard Orr was the mentor who brought that lesson home to me. I’m glad to be able to share him with you.