This post is inspired by a series of insightful conversations I had last week. It delves into the importance of seeking guidance and building a network of advisors as you embark on new journeys in life. How do you navigate uncharted paths, and who do you bring along with you? I’ve learned that going it alone is rarely the best approach.
In my personal journey, I’ve come to rely on what I affectionately call my close minders. I prefer this term to describe the individuals who support and guide me on my path. The phrase “Close Minders” reflects the significance of having a group of trusted advisors who play a pivotal role in my life.
My close minders encompass a diverse array of individuals, some of whom have walked a similar journey, held similar roles, while others are simply close friends who truly understand me. What unites them is their unwavering support, concern for my well-being, and shared vision. They are the ones who remind me of my core values and have the courage to steer me back on course when I veer off track.
With my close minders, I can be vulnerable, knowing that judgment is absent, and their care is genuine. These are people who are committed to safeguarding what matters most to me.
Over the years, I’ve deliberately cultivated my close minders network, transcending boundaries of gender, race, and nationality. It’s astounding what you can learn from the experiences of others. I firmly believe in the concept of continuous learning; the realization that you never truly know it all. Through this eclectic group, I’ve discovered wisdom—priceless advice that, in the end, leaves the decision in your hands.
Last week, one of my close minders shared a valuable insight with me when I was seeking guidance on a seemingly minor issue. She advised, “Learn to seek help from your ‘Frenemies.'” In essence, don’t hesitate to ask for assistance from those with whom you might not have the warmest of relationships. Perhaps your personalities clash or there’s an undercurrent of competition. They aren’t your enemies, but they may not be your closest allies either. Yet, if they possess the competence and solutions you seek, it’s a mark of maturity to seek their help. You’ll be astonished at how those barriers can crumble when you approach them with humility and a genuine need for assistance.
So, I ask you this: Do you have your own Close Minders? A board of personal advisors who genuinely care about your well-being and vision? When was the last time you checked in with them? In the grand tapestry of our journeys, these trusted individuals can be the threads that weave invaluable insights and perspectives into our lives.