If you are starting out in your field, or even if you have been at it for a good while, you may feel as though you do not know what step to take next. You lack good information about how to proceed.
The good news is that there is help out there if you look for it. That help comes in the form of a mentor. We’ll be looking at tips on how to find a good mentor in this article.
A mentor is essentially someone who knows more than you do. It is someone who has been there and done that, colloquially speaking.
You can seek out a mentor for any area of your life.
– Wealth building
– Career advancement
– Time management
– Personal finances
– Business development
– Niche expertise
The best news of all is that true mentorship is free to you at the time. All you have to do is pay it forward down the road.
Do not blurt out your request for guidance without knowing the person first. That will go no where. Instead, make the person’s acquaintance and establish a relationship.
Once your mentor has agreed to a mentor and mentee relationship, be sure to pay careful attention. Listen with supreme focus to what he or she has to say.
Most importantly, after you have the advice, run with it. Set it into action. Afterall, you have requested counsel for a reason. Only an idiot would subsequently disregard a mentor’s advice without discussing the issue first.
Through it all, remain humble. Do not grow too big for your britches.
Demonstrate your initiative and work ethic. You want your mentor to know that he made a good choice by electing to spend time with you. He’d feel bad about the time expenditure if you turned out to be a lazy bum.
Be appreciative of the time your mentor spends with you. Do not be resentful and demanding if your mentor is busy. After all, you want a relationship with this person because of their level of success. That they are a busy individual is pretty much a given.
Consider all perspectives. Having a mentor is good insurance in the sense that you will gain the benefit of a different point of view. You do not want to be the carrier of only your limited thoughts. You mentor will be the provider of a different approach to problem solving and life. That’s a good thing.
Keep a record of the things you have learned, and of the advice you have been given. It is impossible to remember all the gems shared with you in your head alone.
Eventually your formal teacher and student relationship with your mentor will end. You will have grown. This is a tender and sensitive moment. Do not simply wander off into the night. Make a point of meeting with your mentor and letting him know that you have benefited from his generosity of time and spirit. Be sure your mentor understands that you will pass on the gift that has been given to you.
Seek out opportunities to be a mentor to somebody else. Be accessible. Care about others, just as your mentor cared about you.
In many respects the world is a sorry place these days. Active mentorship can make a difference in all of our lives. Go for it.