Great people give. Some give advice. Some give encouragement. Others give miracles.
Three people in my life give miracles. First, my mentor takes the disabled and turns them into advocates. She teaches them public relations, coaches them to run charities, and unleashes them into universities. Second, my boyfriend mentors hundreds of people. His mentees go on to get professional designations, to adopt spirituality, and to make physical fitness a priority. Third, my professor mentored thousands of students. She taught spirituality, creativity, and lifelong learning. She tucked a brand-new book on how-to-teach into my hands.
Often, mentors spawn miracles through oomph. From time to time, they rouse hope through mere example.
When I wished to go full-time to university, one of my doctors encouraged me, another resisted. The one who resisted threatened to put me away. In her eyes, I couldn’t handle full-time. This doctor would have forced me to drop a semester and, in lieu, dwell behind hospital doors. My GPA would have died—along with my spirit.
But another doctor spoke of a disabled female who studied fulltime. Because of this role model, I got the go-ahead. I achieved a Master’s degree. Also, I proved that highly medicated patients can gain high levels of fitness. Hospital staff shared my story to give hope to new patients.
Then, I stumbled on a jaw-dropper. I discovered that private clinics host high achievers who have harsh disabilities. Many of them earning six figures. But you rarely hear about them. Their stories are kept hushed. Inspired, I believed I could earn six figures, too.
You see, nothing gags your goals. Not your looks, your education, your weakness, your past. For each excuse, someone rose above. Now, “you have to find a way to be that miracle” (as cited in The Guardian).
Yesterday, I toyed with this idea. I felt afraid. For half a decade, I shouldered shuddersome stress. Workplace anxiety. Could I earn six figures? In the words of Henry Ford, “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, You’re right.”
Shane Snow says mentors leapfrog you into success. His book Smartcuts: The Breakthrough Power of Lateral Thinking shows how.
- don’t force a mentor. Find mentors naturally. Take an interest in them.
- Connect with people who have lots of connections. Then lend your support to others—especially once you gain fame or wealth.
- When you give to others, mentor them, help them, share your connections with them.
- Help people who have lots of connections. This way, they may do you a favor in return.
- Figure out what people need—and offer them solutions. In other words, be a mentor.
- Your kindness and your lack of ego flock around you friends. Friends offer connections. Mentors.
- Your communication devices, such as radios [and social media], don’t work on their own. They require you to nurture relationships. So, mentor and be mentored.
- People who give generously climb to the top, says Dr. Adam Grant in his book Give and Take (as cited in Snow). Mentor with all you’ve got.
Form mentors to fire-up miracles. When you reach your goal, give miracles back. Not just by example, but by oomph. Are you that miracle?