I recommend everyone who wants to achieve a goal, to be a student, not necessarily a follower. I say this because we all travel our own path in life. There are many paths, but none are exactly like YOUR path. So, you want to learn as much as you can from as many sources as you can. But you don’t have to necessarily follow blindly one particular philosophy.
The beauty of America, is that we ALL have the option to be socially and economically mobile. There is so much information in libraries, on the internet, and from various other sources. We can learn anything we want to. It doesn’t matter what your background is, you have the opportunity to go to any library, open any book in the library, and learn about a particular subject. You can use a computer (for free) to gain access to so much information. It is truly amazing.
I see a lot of different people in my travels. I see people interacting with others in different capacities. I see tutors helping students. I see supervisors mentoring workers. I also see teammates help other teammates, in an effort to win the competition. Sometimes I see parents guiding their children.
Regardless of your intent, or your situation, you will come in contact with someone who is going to have an effect on you. It is inevitable. The effects and changes to you might not be noticeable, or they might be enormous. Human nature is such that we learn from our senses and experiences.
Keep an open mind when you interact with people. You never know what kind of lesson you will learn. Don’t be judgmental BEFORE you speak to a person. In my travels, there are a lot of people who look at me, and put me in a category. But after a few visits, they realize that I shouldn’t be in “that category.” Some people are afraid to meet new people. We are trained to not speak to strangers. We are taught to follow. I do not want to be a follower. I am a student of life. I listen, read, and absorb as much as I can.
Pick a dream…and GO FOR IT!
I wish you all the best of luck.