Who Did You Influence Today?
Everyone either is already or has the capacity to influence another human being on a daily or long-term basis. As a mother, older sister, brother, uncle, cousin, friend, boss, or employee, there is no escaping the effects others have on you or that you have on others.
When you think about the amounts of people you come across everyday on the street, at work, via social media, so many of these people affect you without you necessarily knowing it.
When you see someone on the streets that’s wearing an expensive outfit- you may feel envious. When you see someone that is driving a nicer car than you- you might feel motivated to work harder so that you, too, can drive a car like that. When you see a homeless man begging on the corner- you might feel bothered or sad for them. When you see someone on social media with thousands of friends or followers- you might feel less than or you might not care at all. When you interact with your boss and he tells you to work harder- you might feel motivated or you might feel resentful. When you see your older brother or sister working hard or hardly working, you might want to mold into the type of people they are for their validation and/or because that’s who you think you should become.
All of these relationships and interactions are forms of mentorship. Forms of influence can be both positive and negative- depending on how you view it.
Personally, I find mentorship within individuals that directly inspire me to work harder and become the person I want to be. I find mentorship in people that care about me and that I care about. All of the relationships I have with my mentors are two-way streets. We both care for and inspire each other in different ways.
Since anyone and everyone is and can be a mentor. It’s up to you to decide whether you want a mentor who will help you to grow, to heal, to learn, and to become a better version of yourself- or not. It’s up to you to decide whether you want to influence those around you in the same way- or not.
Mentorship often comes naturally when you are putting yourself in environments that already benefit your life; however, often times it’s hard to know where to begin and what environments to even place yourself in.
What I’ve come to believe and know from my own experience is that mentorship and networking is one of the most important things in life in order to become the person you want to become and to live the way you want to live.
Now, it’s time for you to find your mentor or mentee and experience the beautiful relationship that will come to be.