I’ve probably had a mentor since I was about 11-years-old. Granted, my mentor when I was a kid played a far different role than my current mentors do in my life. Regardless, the fact remains the same. Mentorship has been integral to my upbringing and development as a human being. I would not be where I am today without said mentors’ help along the way. Here’s why having a mentor is integral to your personal development and how to find them.
Why you need a mentor
1. people learn through observation
How many times have you seen someone doing something really cool, and thought to yourself “man, I never would have thought to do it that way, that’s a great idea”. Odds are that you probably tried to implement whatever that was into your own lifestyle. Humans are observational beings and we like to learn from people we trust. A mentor is someone, maybe in your field of work or maybe just someone you look up to in life, that you can learn valuable lessons from. They are willing to teach you the ways that helped them reach another level of success. It’s a mutual understanding that they will help you grow as a person by observing their behaviour and techniques. By learning through observation, you’re able to develop those practical skills that you’ll need to be successful in everyday life.
2. everyone’s experiences are unique and valuable
I truly believe that every single person on earth has something valuable to add to society. We have all lived different lives, therefore all of our perspectives are unique. No one person can possibly know everything there is to know. If you want to be successful, you need to be willing to acknowledge these differences in experiences. This is why having mentors is so valuable. They can show you another side of things based on their own experiences that you probably never would have thought about.
3. learning is integral to success
One of the greatest stepping stones towards success is realizing and accepting that you can learn from others. If you’re hell-bent on doing everything yourself without any help, you’re holding yourself back from potentially amazing opportunities for growth. Having mentors allows you to fill that knowledge gap and honestly become a force to be reckoned with. Knowledge is power in this world, and it’s one major thing that nobody can take away from you. You don’t know everything there is to know. There is no possible way you could ever know everything there is to know. This is what mentors are for, and even with a mentor you’ll still have so much more to learn, and that’s okay! Learning is a lifelong process, and that’s exactly what you need to acknowledge if you want to be successful in any area of your life. It is absolutely key.
How to find a mentor
Great, so you know that you need a mentor, but where the heck do you find one? Chances are that you already have! Did you go to school? All of those teachers were mentors helping you to prepare for the world. Have you ever had a job and found one person particularly helpful at helping you perform your duties adequately? That person was a workplace mentor for you. Are you reading this post? I’m currently mentoring you on why you need a mentor and how to find one (whoa, right?).
The point is that you can find mentors pretty much anywhere. My main mentors are family. My boyfriend’s parents built a multi-million dollar company from the ground up. The knowledge they’ve given me as an entrepreneur has proven invaluable. Not only that, but they have incredible life values that have helped me grow immensely as a person. I also have an internship supervisor from when I was out east who I can phone up and have a chat with whenever, and I’m pretty sure he’s psychic or something because his insight is always spot on. Even though I’m not working in that field anymore, I know that I can still count on him to be a mentor to me in other ways. And do you know what? That’s just the beginning, because I also have the incredible team of ladies who help make this platform what it is, and they’ve been incredible mentors to me in this blogging journey. Mentors are everywhere – you just need to be willing to seek them out!
So, what have we learned? Mentorship will allow you not only to improve upon yourself but will provide you with a valuable connection who ideally will support you in your venture for the long-term. Mentorship is a unique experience that can absolutely change the way you go about different areas of life for the better. And the best part is that they’re incredibly easy to find!
Who are your greatest mentors? What are the most valuable lessons you’ve learned from them?