“A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.”
Have you ever found yourself at an impasse in life, understanding that the next decision you make is so life altering, it will affect both your present, as well as your future? If so, much like myself, you screamed “YES!” Although you may feel like it, you are not alone, and it is the opportune time to seek the advisement of a mentor.
The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines a mentor as "a trusted counselor or guide." Seeking a mentor is an opportunity to fulfill your desire for self-advancement. A mentor is a positive influencer who will help navigate your personal and/or professional development, with the understanding that there’s potential inside of you that is untapped. Mentorship provides an open and honest, committed relationship to achieve your goals. Here are 3 things you can expect from a mentor:
· A confidant and sounding board for ideas
· Availability during an agreed upon time
· Support in decision making process
· Provides prospective and constructive feedback as they assist you in developing a plan for your professional and personal growth
· Shares expertise in both successes and failures while instilling leadership skills, effective communication and the importance of interpersonal skills
I am fortunate to have had several mentors on my life’s journey. I received guidance in setting realistic goals, identifying my strengths and weaknesses and the importance of self-reflection. My mentors were essential to my growth as an individual, which overflowed to my family and business. To this day, they remain an integral part of my life.
It would be impossible to repay mentors for their time and commitment; however, it is possible to pay it forward by becoming a mentor to others. Mentoring is an equally beneficial relationship that positively impacts the mentor, as well as the mentee. Both feel a sense of reward knowing they achieved success.
"Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction." -John C. Crosby