As highly sensitive people, most of us have a natural curiosity about the world and a passion for learning. Sometimes we may want to explore something but have no idea where to start. The good news is that there are “teachers” all around us.
They come disguised as people from all walks of life. Life lessons may arise from everyday situations that happen to us, both good and bad. Your next teacher could be a neighbor, friend, co-worker, an acquaintance, your hairdresser, or even a stranger you strike up a conversation with.
The best way to discover teachers is by taking an interest in other people. Find out what they love to do and the types of things they are good at. Share with them your interests and what you would like to know more about.
Seek the advice of people who you trust. The “right” people in your life will want to help and support you. Be open to their advice. You can never have enough inspiration and support in your life. And sometimes the best advice can come from a totally unexpected place.
If you’re willing to learn, you can benefit a great deal from another person’s personal experience. This will cut down on your own mistakes. You’ll also get ideas that can help you improve and challenge yourself.
You can also mentor yourself in a way. Use what you’ve learned from your successes and shortcomings. Every experience you have will get you closer to your objectives.
And of course, you should also seek to mentor other people. When you share what you know, not only will you have the gratification of helping another but also be inclined to solidfy and improve your own knowledge. That sounds like a win-win situation to me!
If you’re looking to expand your horizons, it’s important to remember all the hidden “teachers” that surround you. Pay attention!
Who are your best teachers? Have you ever found a great mentor in an unexpected place? Do you take the time to mentor other people? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.