Please, not that...disseminating seeds: The Series - INSTL 014I could not believe it. In a matter of a couple of weeks...,
things that I had written about somehow had struck a nerve. My (idiotic) ramblings had gained some recognition. Some traction. And I am stuck scratching my head, thinking “WTH?”Truth be told,
I oftentimes get ‘set in my ways’ or have certain prejudices established in my thoughts and beliefs. Changing my mind, disagreeing with what I’ve thought before, becomes important in critical thinking when I have clung far too often to out-moded or out-dated ideas, philosophies, laws, etc. which don’t stand up to current situations. Especially in social layers such as Google+.What throws me is the attention.
Getting excited about being recognized as having any type of valued insight or consideration of ‘influencing others thoughts’ is understandable. Like most, I want to make a difference in our my own unique way and using social networks to influence behavior and opinions can work really well for campaigns whether moral, political or social.
*But me? PLEASE!*Becoming a real mentor takes far more...
...than gathering followers, fans or arbitrary metrics. It’s not about the transitory nature of celebrity or seeming popularity but about establishing a reputation and becoming the person that others turn to when they want information they know they can trust. Unlike +David Amerland
, +Mark Traphagen
, +Larry Fournillier
, +John Ellis
, +Alexandra Riecke-Gonzales
, +Gina Fiedel
, +John Kellden
, and others — I am but a learning student.
In Greek mythology, “to Odysseus, his son’s education was so important that he sought the help of a person he could trust with his own life- his friend Mentor.”
These are the qualities I seek out and find in others. Sometimes I am brash in my approach, and yet the replies from these special people (both public and private
) have always been the same.They challenge me with critical thinking :
Just because I put out an idea doesn't mean it’s true. I am asked to re-evaluate the idea, see if it’s logical and rational and beneficial to the greater good and then decide if it warrants further action, or even a reversal from my own folly [and even eat my words
Yes, these are the ones that encourage and inspire me. They repeatedly convey compelling vision, are always encouraging, engage with everyone, and are approachable in spite of harried schedules and commitments.
Albert Schweitzer once said, “The only ones among you that will achieve true happiness are those that have sought and found how to serve”.In serving, each of these people...
add value to the lives of others and are willing to grow with others in the process. These are the highest values of any influencer, Mentor,
and those I am privileged to call a FRIEND.
~owenQuestion: Who do you look to as a Mentor, and are you following their examples set before you? #disseminatingseeds #essaybyowen