I just finished reading A Game Plan for Life- The Power of Mentoring by John Wooden, many lessons to be learned and shared. His words reminded me very much so of one of my favorite mentors, my late grandfather. There are several similarities in how they both approached life, treated others, and always modeled the right way without thinking. The recipe is not too complex, in fact that is something that is continually reinforced in the book, don't try and make it to difficult, keep it simple and to the point and you will learn. The greatest mentors are great teachers as well, they lead by example and always make themselves available to whomever crosses their path. The learning that can be gained in life by our ability to mentor someone, as well as be mentored ourselves is truly one of life's greatest opportunities. I know it is something that I highly value and much of the learning that I gravitate towards enhances this opportunity for myself. For example, I have gained so much from reading many books about others life stories, their ability to overcome challenges, wisdom gained from experience, and much more. The learning and growth as a result has been so rewarding and insightful for me that in times of uncertainty and challenge I know I have the lessons and guidance to fall back on. Mentoring is something that will be a strong influence in my writings, it is something that I will always practice in my professional role, and carry into my personal world as well. Helping others help themselves is the gift that keeps on giving, and it is available for all, whether we see it or not, it is out there.
I had to remind myself of this over the last couple of weeks. I believe this also influenced why I sought out John Wooden's book. I needed to reinforce the many lessons I have gained along the way, while embracing some new and valuable ones learned through the eyes of one of the best. A work in progress is what I am, and I will continually embrace the learning that awaits. As much as we have the answers to many of our roadblocks in life, we can't do it on our own. So, recognize where to turn, who to trust, and keep moving forward because nothing will work unless you do. Until we meet again, keep your head up, embrace where you are at, and love life so you can live it!
Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.