I have wanted to talk about this topic for a long time. Why? I feel like it has not been given enough attention in the business world. People always talk about themselves. What they built. What they did. What projects they have completed. It is very self-centered.
I have a lot of acquaintances and friends that are very successful. When I ask them if they have a mentor or if they mentor someone? Usually, the response is something like:
Yes all the time.
half-hearted yes or
I did that a couple years ago with this one person who is now working over here.
I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about WHY it is important for all of us to mentor or be mentored.
What does it mean to mentor someone?
Is it training someone to do their job? Is it leading a sales team? Is it going out of your way to sit with someone for coffee? Is it spending an extra hour with a sales rep on the weekend? Is it helping a younger college graduate with an introduction to a job? Is it helping someone craft a resume? Is it a weekend project to mentor someone?
Quick google search.
an experienced and trusted adviser. "he was her friend and mentor until his death in 1915"
advise or train (someone, especially a younger colleague). "both trainees were expertly mentored by a site supervisor"
What is the role of a mentor? A mentor may share with a mentee (or protege) information about his or her own career path, as well as provide guidance, motivation, emotional support, and role modeling. A mentor may help with exploring careers, setting goals, developing contacts, and identifying resources. Apr 9, 2021
What I like about the definition of mentor. "he was her friend and mentor until his death in 1915."
Mentoring someone is committing to the marathon of life. This is helping someone through life, for life. This is helping someone through thick, thin, better, worse, being there to help.
Does this mean it is every week, every month, once a quarter, once a year, as needed basis? Or is this more in the line of searching for someone to mentor? Or perhaps telling someone I'm your mentor? LUKE I AM YOUR FATHER, I MEAN MENTOR!
What are the benefits to you, the mentor?
The benefits to you are:
Experience. Sharing your experiences to help others.
Advice. Explaining why you do something a certain way.
Pay it forward. Helping individuals so they may help you in the future.
Goals. Verbalizing your goals and why?
Legacy. What will people remember you for?
Listening to individuals' challenges, concerns, thoughts, comments.
We could go on and on.
The benefits to the individual being mentored, are endless. The individual becomes a better person in society. This person has someone to look up to. This person has a bright outlook, knowing someone cares for what they are doing in life. People talk about what society is becoming. It is becoming X, Y, Z. Whatever you think it may be. The best way to help your family, friends, your community, your local school, your city, your industry, your bubble of influence is to help people to become a better version of themselves.
I want to become a Mentor, where do I start?
How I started on the path to mentoring is more of a life philosophy. I decided after college to take on something NEW every year. Whether it be learning to build computers, play piano, make a website, 3D print objects, lawn care (this is hard, haha), real estate investing, mentoring, etc. Push myself every year.
I decided to reach out to my university and ask if I could set up an internship. Career Services helped me setup interviews. The internship was based on the medical device industry. I would help individuals interview, resume, get their first job, big decisions, help them in their career path, help them with projects, life, etc. I have now done this for four years. The individuals I help have a better life. They have greater opportunity. They are better individuals in society. It is a small impact but society is better. Or at least that is what I tell myself. Haha.
If you're looking to make yourself a better person either professionally or personally, I challenge you to mentor individuals.
There are a number of ways you can find the opportunity to help mentor someone. Sports, volunteer church, volunteer hospital, volunteer college, help a start up, help people understand your industry.
Have an awesome week!
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