Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life – D. Washington
There is consensus about the unbelievably powerful influence of having people in your life who cheer you on. Without their support, you may be too scared to accomplish your dreams.
Ralph Waldo Emerson describes it, “Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can”. Emerson was a successful person so you have to assume he knew what he was talking about. But he passed away a long time ago, in 1882 to be exact, and you can say that things have changed.
However, fast forward to today and Denzel Washington’s quote brings in a new perspective changing the value of a cheerleader for success from a want to a necessity. So how do you go about finding your cheerleader?
There are a few ways to find people who are willing to support you. In the words of a young 14-year-old, “there are many people who want to help you, all you have to do is ask”. Her experience has always been positive about looking around her and selecting people who can help her best. However, it is important to select those people depending on your personal needs. For example, she knows to reach out for her mom when needing assistance in creative writing. When reflecting on careers, she does not hesitate to reach out to professionals or role models via email. While some flat out ignore her emails and others respond that they are too busy, a generous number are willing to meet with her and answer her questions.
So why are cheerleaders, who can also be known as mentors or coaches, so important?
- Cheerleaders bring a new perspective that you may not consider on your own.
- They have been through and can share experiences that you may be considering.
- Cheerleaders brainstorm with you as you select your life or career path.
- They support you if you are struggling to create or reach your goals.
- Cheerleaders help you overcome possible setbacks.
- They celebrate your accomplishments and achievements.
Here are a few ways that you can establish a system of supportive others to build your career path:
- Your parents can be your best mentors.
- Some teachers look forward to supporting students’ ideas – all you have to do is ask.
- Email professionals whose career may be of interest to you.
- Look up non-profit organizations or local libraries that offer free mentoring.
- Seek out the help of a career counselor or a professional career coach.
Do you already have a person who is there for you when you need help? If not, can you think of other ways to find your cheerleader? Please share your experience.
On your way to fulfilling your dreams, having one or more people as your board of cheerleaders makes your journey easier as you realize goals, overcome setbacks and celebrate accomplishments. Now is the time to start selecting the ideal members for your board. What are you waiting for?