I remember trying to find my way around town the first time I came to Lake Jackson, Texas. After circling through downtown (literally) I found a pay phone (yes, this was before the time of cell phones) so I could call a realtor about looking for a house. She inquired where I was calling from and I looked at the corner street sign to give her my location. Already confused, I heard myself saying ““Well, I’m at the corner of This Way and That Way.”” She seemed to understand perfectly.
How many times have you found yourself meandering through an area that was well known to someone who had traveled there before? Maybe it’s going through a new city, maybe it is traveling your career path, or perhaps you are navigating a tricky relationship. Guidance in each of these scenarios can be found by talking to someone who has been there before.
Take my realtor for example: If she could not locate the place I was calling from, then I would question her ability to help me find a house. But, because she came right to the corner where I was and took me on a tour of the area, I gained confidence in her knowledge of the area and later bought a house from her.
When considering your career path, find someone whose track record you admire and learn from this individual about his or her journey. Ask questions about how they moved from one opportunity to the next and how they transitioned to the place where they are today. Find out how you can apply their lessons to your journey.
What about a mentor to guide you as you develop a viable relationship with someone whose company you will enjoy? The relationship with your mentor as well as with your new acquaintance will be a great opportunity to sharpen your social skills. Don’t forget to consider what you can contribute to the lives of your friends and mentors and you will find yourself enjoying the attributes of relationship.
Conversely, of course, you don’t want to take directions from someone who hasn’t traveled their particular path admirably. So considering the results of their journey, choose well whom you will emulate. As you travel, be cautious to look behind you ……because someone is following your example as well.
“Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.”” Hebrews 13:7 NAS