Mentors Around Every Corner
Do you have a library card? At this point you're probably asking
yourself how in the world this is possibly going to translate
into a commentary on self-improvement. Bear with me on this
because it's going to fit together I assure you.
Sadly, if you're like most folks you don't have one. Not only
that, you might not even remember the last time you took
advantage of these incredible repositories of knowledge. In
actuality the word incredible is a gross understatement to
describe just how much is waiting for us all on those
bookshelves. And in many cases for FREE to boot!
It's been said many times that a person can become an expert in
just about anything provided they take the amount of required
time for them to learn the subject. I won't go in depth here but
suffice it to say I am huge proponent of continued self
education. I hope that you are as well.
There are many methods you and I can apply to put ourselves on
the path towards continuos education. We've got the Internet.
We've got those around us & our mentors. We have all kinds of
formal education and not so formal... and of course we have
As promised in my opening statement, here's how it all fits
together. I read a whole lot of personal development books and
listen to a lot of tapes. It's not uncommon for me to not know
what's currently playing on the radio stations because I prefer
to use my driving time as learning time.
In addition to personal development I also like to read
biography's and auto-biography's of people I am interested.
There's an old quote that I simply love which say's "Success
Leaves Clues". It's in this truth that leads me to read a lot of
biographies. So this past week I wanted to get a better grasp of
courage, persistence, and the will to simply not give up in the
face of dire situations.
On stroll through the audio section of my library I found a copy
of the autobiography of Lance Armstrong, called "It's Not About
The Bike - My Journey Back to Life". If you're not familiar with
Lance's story let me tell you it's an incredible example of
courage and a willingness to prevail over the odds. I simply
can't do justice to what an impact listening to it had on me.
You see, Lance is a cyclist who at the peak of his career was
diagnosed with testicular cancer. The story did not end there.
Not by a long shot! Lance Armstrong went on to not only beat his
battle with cancer, but to become the 3-time winner of the Tour
de France (1999- 2001). It's told from a very real stand point,
he points out in the beginning that it's not your traditional
rose colored story of overcoming the odds. It's a wonderful
heartfelt example of courage and hope and willingness to keep
going no matter what might come our way.
Such examples of courage, hope, and just about anything else you
care to learn about are all around us, many of which are
available in places such as your area library. Take an active
role in your own personal growth and start taking advantage of
As follow-up to the story of Lance Armstrong I've just started
listening to "Still Me" an autobiography of Christopher Reeve.
The simple fact is that mentors are all around us. They can come
in many forms, from the people we interact with, to recounted
stories in books and tapes... Your in success, Josh Hinds