What are the advantages of having a mentor? The most successful people have mentors guiding their progress. It’s difficult to overestimate the positive influence a mentor can have on your success.
Finding a great mentor is a challenge, but it’s worth the work. A mentor can take you places you’ve never been and do so at breakneck speed. Consider finding a mentor to assist with your aspirations.
Benefits and Advantages of Having a Mentor
A mentor is invaluable for several reasons:
A mentor has walked the path. A mentor has already accomplished your long-term goals. If your dream is to become a Wall Street tycoon, professional baseball coach, or a successful artist, it only makes sense to find someone that has accomplished that same goal.
* They know the reality of the situation. Everyone else is speculating.
2. Goal Setting
You’ll have the guidance you need to set appropriate goals. Are you sure about the next step to reach your long-term goals? A mentor would possess that information.
* You can be enthusiastic, serious, and capable, but your progress will be limited if you’re headed in the wrong direction.
3. Required Skills and Tools
You’ll gain the necessary tools in time to use them. Have you ever been in a position that required tools you didn’t have? A mentor will ensure you have the necessary skills before you need them.
* Most of us decide to learn after we’ve failed. It’s much more effective to be prepared. A mentor will point you in the right direction before it’s too late.
You have access to their contacts. An appropriate mentor will be successful and as result, will know the right people. The saying, “It’s all about who you know.” is largely true.
When everything else is equal, people would rather take a chance on someone they know. A mentor can introduce you to the people that will take you to the next level.
5. Decision Making Skills
You receive an unbiased, yet experienced, opinion. It’s not easy to make the best decisions when your knowledge is lacking. A mentor can fill that gap.
6. Right Opportunities
A committed mentor will bring you opportunities. A mentor won’t just introduce you to influential people. He will also introduce you to the right opportunities.
Once your mentor puts the word out, he will occasionally be presented with opportunities that match your growth needs. He may also seek out opportunities on your behalf.
Finding a Mentor that’s Right for You
Having a mentor has many benefits! However, the obvious question is, “How do I find a mentor?”
Try these strategies:
- Reach out to the experts in your field. Start out at the very top. While it’s unlikely that Bill Gates or the Dalai Lama will grant your request, you might find they’re willing to point you in the right direction. If that doesn’t work, work your way down the list. The perfect mentor is just waiting for someone to ask.
- Go online. There are websites that connect mentors with those looking for a mentor.
- Be prepared to show your level of commitment. A world-class expert might only consider working with someone that’s prepared to change the world. If your ambitions are a little more modest, you may need to convince your potential mentor that you’re serious. Everyone’s time is limited and they all want to spend it wisely.
Finding a mentor will make it possible for you to achieve success quickly and smoothly. A mentor will help you take advantage of the best opportunities and avoid the speed bumps. If you don’t have a mentor, start looking for one today!
How to Find A Mentor – 6 Unexpected Secrets Video
From the video: Now, if you’ve ever wondered how to find a good mentor, especially when everyone is so darn busy, this is the episode for you. Today’s question comes from Katlego and she writes:
“I’ve got big visions and dreams. I’m working hard to make them happen and now I’m wondering how can I find a great mentor. I know this is an important key to success but I find that awesome people are often so busy and already mentor others. I’ve also found that the “could you be my mentor?” question is their most dreaded. So how have you connected with people operating at higher levels than you in order to have a learning relationship with them that is mutually beneficial?”
So my take on mentorship is a little bit different than some others. You know, I have colleagues who swear by the power of mentorship and finding that one person who you can learn from.
But for me, I’ve never felt that way. I like learning from a lot of different people with no anticipation or expectation that one person’s gotta take me under their wing. That feels like too much pressure to me and not really the kind of relationship I honestly want to have with anyone.
But no matter what your perspective is, there are loads of ways to get the guidance and that support that you desire, and you can do it starting right now. Here are 6 ways to help you get started.
Number one, you do not need to meet someone to be mentored by them. You know, when I was first getting started, and it’s something I still do to this day, I often got mentored by people I have never even met. I did it on my own schedule through books and tapes and interviews.
You know, something we often take for granted is how much effort it takes to write a book or deliver a speech or give a great interview. I mean, those things contain people’s best thoughts, all their experiences, and all of their lessons, and they’re there for you to review and revisit as much as you want. And these days, oh my goodness, with podcasts and online content seemingly coming out of every freaking orifice, you have got mentorship opportunities up the wazoo. It’s literally an explosion of free mentorship.