Mastering Mentorship through Adversity with Doug Stewart: Can you think of something you can do today that will make your life worse? What about something that will make your life better? Now, are you willing to do what it will take to make your life better? Or will you be a victim?
Our guest today, Doug Stewart, is no stranger to living a life as a victim. It wasn’t until he was in college that his whole mindset changed. During his school years he was told that he had a speech impediment, ADHD, and narcolepsy. He couldn’t write his alphabet until the age of 11. He had one person believe in him and that changed everything.
Doug’s college experience was different than his grade school experience; they actually expected him to perform in school in order to play sports. When he was in grade school, many teachers allowed him to get by because of all his disabilities that were listed in his folder. His 1.4 GPA in college landed him in the office of his academic advisor, Sarah. Sarah is that one person who believed in him.
When Doug went into her office that day, the words she spoke to him changed his life completely. She knew he wasn’t living up to his potential. She said to him “you know what your problem is? Your problem is that you’re a victim of your own thinking.” Sarah made him come into her office every day so she could help him in his classes. Sarah would read his homework out loud to him and he was to draw picture of what it reminded him of. After a couple of weeks, he became more comfortable in his classes. He was remembering the things she read to him and the pictures he drew. He started making higher grades on his tests. At the end of the semester he went to look at his grades and he had an “alarm clock moment”.
An “alarm clock moment” is that feeling you get when your alarm didn’t go off and you are going to be late to something important. He felt that he was behind and he was going to miss out on LIFE. He had missed so much in his life already and he couldn’t wait any longer. He now knew that he could learn and his disabilities were not going to hold him back. Doug started to find ways to develop himself and he needed a mentor to do that. He actually needed many mentors because he was behind in all areas of his life.
Think for a moment if you had a boardroom inside of your mind. Who would you have sitting at your round table? Who would you want to pour into your life? Stephen talks about his board members and they are all people who want to help him succeed and people who he wants to help succeed. Doug talks about all his board members and all the mentors he has in his life. He gives us 5 and a half types of mentors that we should look for. And yes, that is half of a mentor that we should look for in life.
Having mentors in our lives are important. Something that is just as important, if not more, is menteeship. Menteeship is the capacity and willingness to learn from things around us. In order to be a good mentee, we must recognize that we don’t know everything and we must be willing to learn, not just for ourselves, but for other people’s benefit.
Doug intentionally learns something new each day. He went from not wanting to learn at all, to wanting to learn everything. He lives a life of enthusiastic discovery. He is always willing and wanting to learn.
Everyone has more potential that we all know. Our effect on the world isn’t our responsibility. Our responsibility is to take action and plant seeds. God will harvest those seeds. Our adversities never feel good but the result when we overcome is amazing! Once we start sharing our story, we are planting those seeds.
How many lives would you change if you were to face your main obstacle head on? How many seeds could you plant? If you are willing to change your own life, you can change others. You too can live a life of enthusiastic discovery! To get more information on Doug Stewart, visit his website at dougstewart919.com.
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