At this time in my life, it is all about growth and opportunities to better myself as an individual. In understanding that about myself, I am always entertaining the idea of having mentors and I have multiple for certain areas of my life. For example, I have a spiritual mentor a woman who is very devoted to her faith we get together monthly and discuss life and our faith. I also have a mentor who is an entrepreneur, a woman who is very goal oriented and focused. Thinking about some of the reasons I have mentors, I decided to come up with the top five reasons why mentorship is important and needed.
Information: People who are already in the field you want to go into, or have knowledge in an area you would like to learn more about. These individuals can be great tools, and they can give you insight on a more personable level.
Networking: Mentorship is an amazing way to network with others and meet new people. As the saying goes “you never know who someone knows” that could potentially help you.
Friendship/Relationship Building: Having someone you can talk to who understand where you want to go and where you have been is a great way to build a rapport and also trust. By having a mentor that connects well with you is a good way to make friends and build relationships.
Learn: You are able to learn from your mentors mistakes. When your mentor shares with you some things that worked for them and what did not work you can take that information and reference it if you come across similar experiences. Not saying that your mentor will always have the right answer for your situation, but you can always learn from someone else’s mistakes.
Guidance: This is important for career mentors. Having someone there to give you guidance can go a long way it can stop you from making a bad decision, or help you make a good one.
The point is having a mentor is very important and imperative when it comes to many things in life. Some people may not feel comfortable with having a mentor or even know how to go about getting one. I personally pick my mentors keeping three things in mind character, chemistry and accomplishments.
To me, these three things are important because when I go to someone for advice, or take what they have to say seriously I need to make sure they have a good judgment of character and are trustworthy. I also need to make sure I feel a connection and that they genuinely care about the mentorship relationship. And lastly, if this person has accomplished something within the area I am seeking mentorship in. You wouldn’t go to car salesmen for advice on which house to buy right? So make sure you have a mentor that knows something and can show you what they have accomplished within that area.