In 1991, I was one of eight Founding Principals of Lee & Associates Arizona. Bill Lee, the Founder of Lee & Associates, recruited us to be the first Lee office outside of California. I have said many times that being a part of creating this company and being a Principal here for the last 28 years has been the best business decision I ever made. One of the most important reasons is because I have had the privilege to get to know, hang out with, and learn from Bill.
Bill Lee is more than the Founder of Lee & Associates (55+ offices and over 900 brokers). He is also my friend. How do I know?
—He promotes me. When I am in the room and when I am not. I have been able to meet some “bitchin” (Bill’s word) people because of Bill.
—He is the Co-Author of our book Chasing Excellence. Buy it and read some great stories about being a street broker.
—He gives me ideas. Some of my best times with Bill have been brainstorming and story-boarding. He is an endless supply of ideas.
—He supports me for what I have done, what I am doing and what I want to do.
—He makes me feel like I can do anything.
—He is great to hang out with. I travel to San Luis Obispo at least every 90 days just to spend time with him at his home.
—He mentors me every single time I get to see him. Invaluable lessons.
As you can see, I am blessed to have Bill in my life. We should all be so lucky. What is the point of this LIFEies? Find and cultivate friends like Bill Lee and your life will be enriched beyond what you could ever imagine.
“The greatest gift of life is Friendship and I have received it.” -Hubert H. Humphrey
I love Bill Lee.
Rule #4 from my book The Fantastic Life: All of Life is Connected
My life is better because of friends like Bill Lee. Whether he’s lifting me up with a kind word or challenging me to work harder, his friendship and mentorship have influenced all aspects of my life.