Very few people ever have a mentor in their lifetime.
It’s not a general practice in our society.
It often happens simply by accident.
Most people simply don’t understand what a mentor is, what they can do for you and what it takes to set up a mentoring relationship.
What a mentor is.
A mentor is someone who is successfully climbing the mountain everyday that you strongly desire to climb and are setting out to climb. They are experienced and know how things work.
What a mentor can do for you.
- They can celebrate your wins with you and commiserate with your learning experiences
- They can warn you of impending dangers and opportunities – they enable you to see around corners
- They can give you priceless advice, born from countless experiences
- They can guide your career
…and this last gift, not many people are aware of:
- They can introduce you to people who can help you progress fast.
One way to set up a mentoring relationship.
You could gather up all of your courage and jump in and say to someone you admire greatly:
“Hi, my name is Mike and I’m a great admirer of your work and who you are. I’m working hard to be successful in my career of …..and I’d like you to consider being my mentor. But before you say anything, I promise I will firstly respect your time – I know you are an extremely busy person. Not only that, I promise that anything that you suggest I do, I will put that into action. You will find me a very good student of your success. Will you be my mentor?”
This approach will give you a result of either a yes or a no.
Don’t be discouraged if you get a no. That simply means they are not your mentor.
Your true mentor will recognise you and see the opportunity and honor it would be to help guide you on your way to your success.
Happy mentor hunting!
…By the way:
Your mentor might even be mentoring you without you noticing it. Look at the people who are close to you and who support you.
Your mentor might just be the person you respect most. Take the chance to formalise the relationship – there are no opportunities until you take the risk.
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