Mentors: How to Help and Be Helped
Look at Russel Brand – what an evolution!
I would be hard pressed to claim that his recent emissions do not hold merit. While he has proved entertaining in the past, he has evolved to a stage where a deeper understanding of the human condition meets compassion and an astute assessment of the new world order.
The outcome is a book musing on what wanting wants.
Having indulged in fame and everything that comes with it, including the downfalls, this emission is based on his first-hand experience with the 12-step program, with his approach being based on the understanding that basically love and connection are integral ingredients for a way towards enlightenment.
Detailing his relationships with his mentors and shedding light on how they assisted him to get out of pickles, the essence of what he extracts is widely applicable when it comes to maximising one’s potential – i.e. it is relevant to the most highbrow as well as pedestrian reader and not just another celebrity preaching from the ivory tower of entitlement.
There’s heart, guts and wisdom along with an introduction to the people Brand considers to be his mentors and the reasons substantiating them being labelled as such.
Despite his Brand-esque more often than not entertaining detours, Russel’s writing is focused and succinct, however, there are still bits and pieces that indicate that the circumstances he reports from are slightly different from the one of the readers, who will not necessarily have had access to ashrams, psychologists, therapists and an entourage that caters to one’s every whim.
At large, his experiences are shared in a relatable manner and the fact that the end result, i.e. the person Russel Brand has graduated to become, is a better version of himself speaks for itself.
Does it inspire to find mentors? Maybe.
Do you need mentors? Well, having good ones will certainly be of advantage.
The main reason I find this book to be a worthwhile read is that it seems honest, at times surprisingly raw, and offers insights into realms most wish to find enlightenment in.