When you decide to associate with someone in business, having a good, objective  look at their past behavioural patterns and consistent choices will give you a pretty good idea of what they will do in the future.

A good example of this can be seen in the political and socio-economic history of the world. When my wife and I immigrated from South Africa in 1997, our decision was based on the destructive, post colonial pattern that has dependably extended all the way south in sub-Saharan Africa. Sadly, our prediction proved true; South Africa is following in the footsteps of all its predecessors. Leopards don’t change their spots.

In January 1933, on the occasion of Hitler’s appointment as Chancellor by President Hindenburg, Ludendorff told him, “I solemnly prophesy that this accursed man will cast our Reich into the abyss and bring our nation to inconceivable misery. Future generations will damn you in your grave for what you have done.” He might well have been warning the American people about Obama.

Germany’s pre-Second World War’s history is, in fact, closely aligned with that of America, and Peikoff’s “The Ominous Parallels” lays it out clearly. America is not immune to hyperinflation, despite their bluster and deception. The world is now aware of their false flag pattern, too. I expect another soon. “Atlas Shrugged” and “1984” are happening in America right now.

Seek out people with patterns of accountability, reliability, honesty, productivity, and achievement when choosing your business team members and associates. These patterns start when people are very young. Just as a good man (or woman) is hard to find, so a good man is also hard to suppress, divert, or corrupt. A good leader, a good entrepreneur, an honest man is born that way.

A.N. Wilson wrote of Hitler, “The boy had preferred to lounge about, to wear dandified clothes, to attend the opera and to imagine that one day he would become a famous artist. Hitler never had any paid employment, so far as one can make out, except when manual work was forced upon him as a temporary necessity when he was living in men’s hostels and dosshouses on the outskirts of Vienna. By the time he became Chancellor, the pattern of life did not markedly change. He rose late, spent most of the day chatting, and would nearly always round off the evening with a film. Adjutants tried to find him a new film to watch every day.” Obama never held down a job, either. His frequent holidays and his penchant for escaping to the golf course when leadership of his country is most needed smacks of Nero’s fiddling while Rome burned.

In addition to finding out about life patterns, I like to interview the spouse of any man I wish to work with – does she have to wake him up in the morning? Did he, in fact, marry her, or does he just live with her? Does he shave on weekends? Does he provide for his family, or is he a “Stay-at-Home-Dad”? Those answers often tell me all I need to know. And with the advent of Facebook, checking patterns has never been easier. One of my coaching clients decided to review a new employee’s Facebook page just before the employee’s first day. The header of the page contained a giant marijuana leaf. He never got to start on his new job.

Robin Elliott   LeverageAdvantage.com