Happiness Enabler: Mentors
Everyone should have a mentor. Or maybe ten of them.
A mentor can teach you things you don’t know. They can help you navigate your anxieties and self-doubt. They can guide you to the next step in your journey.
Mentors enable our confidence by arming us with knowledge as we deal with our insecurities. Mentors help us stay authentic as we craft our unique stories rooted in our personal dreams. Mentors empower us to live our passion and feed our curiosity.
Mentorships are rooted in our own individual pursuits toward happiness.
We all have multiple aspects to our happiness, so we should all have multiple mentors. We should have career mentors and hobby mentors and parenthood mentors and mindset mentors. We need a mentor tied to each goal we have for ourselves.
I have a mentor I turn to for entrepreneurial guidance.
I have my go-to design thinking mentor.
I have motherhood mentors.
I have creative mentors.
I have relationship mentors.
I have attitude mentors.
I have a social impact mentor.
I don’t personally know all of them and I don’t rely on each 100% of the time. But when I need guidance and perspective relative to my pursuit of happiness, I have people and stories I can turn to for help.
That’s the thing. You don’t have to personally know someone to have them as a mentor. You just have to have access to their wisdom, their insecurities and their story.
Happiness comes from the confidence in knowing that we are capable of doing the things you dream of doing. Having a mentor to help you better understand your journey will enable confidence.
We all need guides for our journey. We all crave answers to the unknown that lay ahead. We all need mentors who have been there before and are willing to enlighten us, help us, push us and ground us.
The more mentors we have – the more people we can rely on and ask questions of and really get advice from – the more successful our journey towards happiness will inevitably be.
Make a list of people who inspire you. Study their stories. Learn from their experiences. Find comfort in their anxieties.
Find your “future happy” person. Who has the job you want, the lifestyle you crave or the relationships you aspire to? Track them down and ask them questions. Listen to their journey to that point so you know what to expect on yours.
Read more. Devour other people’s stories and struggles. Read autobiographies. Follow them on twitter. Go to their blog every day. They can’t be a true mentor if you don’t make yourself accessible to their story.