Has anyone in the business world been an inspiration to you?
Yes, several people. I've been fortunate to work with bright, talented, energetic individuals. Several of my managers have served as informal mentors who have helped me develop my own management skills and style.
In every field, the trainees learn from the pros. I've never been so sure of my abilities that I wasn't willing to listen and learn from those who had more experience and had accomplished more. I think I've learned an even GREater amount from these individuals than from the textbooks I've read and the courses I've taken.