Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life
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.
What People Say
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?
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.
Having said that, 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 people 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.
Value of Cheerleaders
So why are cheerleaders, who can also be known as mentors, coaches or accountability partners, so important?
Superb! You Say, How Do I Go About It
Here are a few ways that you can establish a system of supportive others to build your career path:
Share Your Experience
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 cheerleader 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 cheerleaders' club.
What are you waiting for?
Dr. Hoda Kilani is a Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC). As a Career Literacy Coach, she works with clients in private practice, event facilitation, and conference presentations.
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