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Share Your Wisdom and Make a Difference

Updated on May 26, 2017
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Anan Rivera is an online blogger, poet and YouTuber that highlights spiritual, social and health related topics.

The roll of a mentor

For those of us that are trying to reach out and mentor children , teens or a specific population is a big responsibility.

When you take on the role of mentor and leader, the first thing that comes to mind is; How can I contribute to the betterment of this individual’s life? What are the tools I can use to lead him/her to take charge of their well being?

It doesn't matter which approach you follow, secular or religious, the goal is to provide support and advice.To inspire others, is important to establish the premise that every person is unique and special.

Be approachable, and use your own experiences as a tool for mentoring. Know your own values and respect theirs. Everyone is different, that is why we are so unique.

Here are some tips that have helped me as a facilitator with teens and domestic violence victims.

These are pointers to encourage them to believe in their own ability to achieve. Let him/ her know:

  • Be proud of who you are- Your culture, your roots and identity are the essence of who you are, unique and beautiful.
  • Life is hard, but nothing that is easy will bring you fulfillment and a sense of accomplishment.
  • Discover your talents and use them- This is what makes you stand out and shine.
  • Always ask for help when you need it- This is sign of courage not weakness.
  • Get involved in your own personal development- Mold yourself like a masterpiece, we all are a work in process. Take responsibility of doing what’s right for you.
  • Define your goals, and make a commitment with yourself to attain them.
  • Accept that we are not always in control of what happens to us, but we can choose the way we react to what happens to us. Attitude is everything.
  • Learn to really love yourself and others. Love is like a seed that needs to be nourished, so you might reap miracles.
  • Be aware of parasites- I use this term for anything that will distract you from achieving your full potential. This might include drugs, gambling, alcohol, gangs and not getting an education.
  • Learn to laugh and be positive- After every storm, the sun will always rise up. Humor is key to have a positive outlook on life. It works for me!

On a final note...

It’s not necessary to sugar coat life’s troubles to inspire someone to be more than what they see in the mirror. Just be honest and receptive, Listen.

Remember that pain and obstacles are just a stepping stone to discover the true potential in every person. Keep the good fight, never give up. Stand up every time that you fall, hold your head up high and you will be surprised how far you will go.

© 2012 Anan Celeste


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      Anan Celeste 2 years ago from California

      I can relate Lady Guinevere, most of the time, they come into our lives to teach us something. (That's how I deal with it.) We always exchange seats between teacher and student. I have cried over a lot of people like that. In most cases we are mere catalysts for people to change their lives. And this should be enough. You did your part. Blessed my child.

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      I am glad that you are bringin up your hubs to the light of day. I am pleasantly surprised. Do it as long as you can.

      I did mentor someone and it did not help them at all. Although she said that it did, it did not and I had to let her go. I didn't like doing that but it is the only way that she would learn. Now she really has hit rock bottom. I know not where she is, but she has set herself up for a really tough life ahead. Her feceral prison term is short but she is now registered as a se..x offender and will be on supervised probation for 20 years after she is released from prison....that is if she even gets to that point.

      I have put my life and my husband's job on the line for her. She lied to me and also told me that she didn't like my last letters to her and ripped them up. That was when I broke it off with her. Now she is totally on her own. She will always be in my thoughts, but I can do no more for her at this point...or any future time. It is hard to be a mentor and you get lots of flcak from people.

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      Digger 3 years ago

      A million thanks for posting this inofnmatior.

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      GreenPrince 3 years ago

      "use your own experiences as a tool for mentoring" i love this line, and just like everyone else, we all have some unique experinces and could use them to enlighten others and move them towards possibilities path.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Excellent message for sure, one that needs to be read by as many as possible. Thank you for helping the H.O.W. movement.

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      This is a great hub! You are who you are. Be proud of yourself and set goals to make your life one of which you can be proud. Shun the negative people and situations; vie to be as positive as you can be. We all have the potential to be amazing. As you say, we are a work in progress. The key is to progress, not regress!

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      Anan Celeste 5 years ago from California

      I totally agree eric186!

      The greatest gift is to understand that we are one and by sharing and spreading compassion, everything else takes care of itself. Blessings.

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      eric186 5 years ago

      Life and all that is in it

      is a gift from the infinite mind;

      And the only way that life can go wrong

      is by the limited finite mind.

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ....well you are certainly sharing 'your' wisdom and making a difference here at the Hub ....and I could learn from you and each and every hub subject you have to offer is stimulating and inspiring and so thoughtfully put together with a labor of love and your expertise in writing and communicating so very well - sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time 10:34pm

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      Christin Sander 6 years ago from Midwest

      Excellent hub and your 9 points are spot on. You are definitely inspirational and I think anytime someone is encouraged to reach more of their potential it's a fabulous thing!

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      The Finance Hub 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Great hub, this is what I expect from my team leaders in my company! Great way to convey what it takes to be successful in a team environment! Voted up! Hope you enjoy my hubs as well!

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      Anan Celeste 6 years ago from California

      I encourage you to keep moving foward and inspiring others. Be the light in someones life journey. This is what will give meaning to your life and those that you touch with your love. thumbs up!

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      Asahda Shavaja Poet of the New Age 6 years ago from New York City

      o wow. I have posted 'Inspire me' in the forums(sandpit) and "will you inspire me" in the questions. never knew it would inspire a hub. perfect. I love it. You have made my heart glad my dear ananceleste. Inspiration is what we all cling to for that hope when we are uncertain. You are right it does not matter which approach you come from just do it. Voted up Blessings to you.