The Power of Mentors:
Today, while taking a walk in my home country of Sweden, I couldn't help but reflect on the profound impact mentors have had on my life.
Mentors are like friends who help us navigate through different aspects of our journey, whether it's in business, career, or personal development.
In this article, I'll share insights from my experience on the importance of having mentors - and offer some practical tips on how to find and approach them.
Let's dive in!
1. Why Everyone Should Have Mentors:
Having mentors is a game-changer. It allows us to learn from the successes and failures of others, accelerating our growth in various areas.
Mentors provide invaluable guidance and wisdom, honed through years of experience, which can help us avoid common pitfalls and fast-track our progress.
Whether you are pursuing a business venture, career advancement, or personal development, having a mentor can be immensely beneficial.
2. Determine What You Want from Your Mentor:
Before seeking out a mentor, it's important to clarify what you want to achieve from the relationship.
Identify specific areas in your life where you want guidance or learning. For instance, if you're starting a business, you might seek a mentor who has done just that.
Defining your objectives will help you find the right mentor to address your needs - which will be different at different stages of your life.
3. Creating Your Mentor List:
In today's interconnected world, you can learn from mentors even if you haven't met them personally.
Study their materials, such as books, online courses, podcasts, and industry events, to gain valuable insights.
Don't limit yourself to mentors you already know or can easily access.
The key is to be open to learning from various sources and not be discouraged if you can't connect with certain mentors directly.
4. Finding Mentors:
Mentors can be found through various channels, including attending speaking events, reading books authored by influential individuals, listening to podcasts, and leveraging your existing network.
Janine Allis has been a mentor of mine for many years. I went to see her speak and met her afterwards, knowing that she had successfully done what I was setting out to do. I made a habit of trying to find ways to give back to her in return for the value she provided me.
Always be on the lookout for opportunities to learn from experienced people who have achieved what you are wanting to achieve.
5. Approaching Mentors:
When approaching potential mentors, make it easy for them to say yes.
Recognize their busy schedules and offer flexible options for meeting, like joining them for a walk when they are going for a walk anyway, or taking them lunch and joining them when they have a break in their day anyway... or calling during their commute.
Find ways you can give back to them - it has to be a two-way street to be successful. One way you can do that is to be clear that you will pay it forward too, when you get the chance to help mentor others.
Understand that not everyone will agree to be your mentor, and that's okay.
Many mentors have coaching programs, which can provide you with access to them, valuable learning experiences and the opportunity to connect with other like-minded people.
In a Nutshell:
Having mentors in your life can be a transformative experience. Their guidance and knowledge - when you need it - can help you navigate challenges and achieve your dreams & goals faster.
Remember to define your objectives, create a mentor list, and be open to learning from various sources. When approaching mentors, consider their busy schedules and make it convenient for them to mentor you.
Mentoring not only accelerates personal growth but may also allow you to connect with a community of like-minded individuals who are on a similar journey.
So, embrace the power of mentors, and let them enrich your life as you pursue your dreams and aspirations.
Lastly, if you're interested in delving deeper into the world of mentors...
- Our Dream Life Platinum Coaching Program for August is all about MENTORS. Learn more and join here...
- Listen to my podcast #184 - THE POWER OF HAVING A MENTOR - AND HOW TO FIND ONE