Today’s Throwback Thursday post on the importance of mentors returns from July 2014:
If you don’t have a mentor, you need a mentor – it’s that simple, but allow me to explain why.
First, a mentor is someone who has the experience to help you avoid serious mistakes. Someone who has already traveled the road that you are on can point out the potholes and sinkholes that will damage or sink you. That kind of help is invaluable.
Second, because mentors have already been down the road that we have chosen to travel, they can normalize the potholes and sinkholes. The obstacles we face are often the same ones that everyone faces. To have someone point that out to us can be reassuring.
Third, a good mentor asks you the hard questions, the kinds of questions that you are reluctant to ask yourself. Mentors expand your range of thinking and find clarity and focus when you are confused. They are willing to confront you with issues that can’t be ignored. There are questions that none of us like to face and a good mentor helps us to face into those questions and find good answers.
Fourth, mentors bring a new perspective. When you get stuck, and you will get stuck, it helps to have someone who can assist you in looking at all your options. A good mentor will give you a fresh take on what you are facing and will understand you well enough to see some solutions that are the best fit based on who you are. A good mentor will see possibilities that you don’t see and that alone is worth the price of admission.
Fifth, mentors push us to higher ground – they help us improve, refine, and excel in ways that we aren’t able to do on our own. Mentors can give us a step-by-step process to success, and again help us when things don’t go according to plan. Did you know that studies have shown that those who have a mentor make more money and are more satisfied with their work? Yes, it really does pay to have a mentor.
It doesn’t matter whether you are young or old. If you are stepping into a new field, like information marketing or internet marketing, you need a mentor. I have a mentor, and I know that I couldn’t be making the progress that I am making in internet marketing without a mentor. The same is likely true for you.
So, how do you find the right mentor for you? Keep your eyes and heart open. As you interact with people in your field you will come across people that you resonate with. Those are the people that you want to consider for mentoring.
Your find more on mentoring here: 5 Tips for Choosing a Mentor.
I invite your comments and questions and your likes and shares.