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When in Doubt, Look Outside Yourself

Do you have times when you feel like you have hit a wall, professionally, personally, or financially? Moments of doubt and frustration are normal for all of us. While it is important to find ways to center and care for ourselves, we should also remember that there is no rule saying we need to go our way alone. If we make a habit of turning to others for guidance, both in our moments of success and frustration, we set ourselves up to overcome hard times. The support of others can motivate and prepare us for our next step.

We can benefit from the guidance of peers and mentors in a variety of ways:

Turn to Friends and Peers: Those closest to us, such as friends, colleagues, and family members, can be sources of inspiration and guidance. If you are facing a roadblock, reach out to people who you know share your goals and values. Or, sometimes looking for someone with the complete opposite perspective of you is just what you need. We can benefit from hearing what works for our similarly-minded friends, as well as from those who have different financial and professional priorities.

Find a Mentor: There’s no point in reinventing the wheel. We are lucky to live in a world full of people who have walked our path before us. Most successful men and women have gotten to where they are today by a combination of hard work and good guidance. Don’t be afraid to reach out to someone who has had successes that you would like to experience. These individuals can teach you how to avoid mistakes and feel more confident in your future decisions. The mentor-student relationship has been an important part of human progress for centuries. So seek the guidance of someone you look up to today!

Become a Mentor: Find opportunities to share your unique insights and experiences. When we give guidance to others, we often surprise ourselves with what we know! The responsibility of providing guidance to others often becomes a beneficial source of personal inspiration in itself, as we force ourselves to reflect on the positive traits and lessons we have to offer. As the saying goes, “It’s better to give than to receive.” Often those who play a mentorship role find themselves being the one benefiting the most from the relationship.

We all need to remember that we are not alone. As hard as we try to push ourselves to perform daily at our best, success truly is a team effort. Learn more about the benefits of mentorship at