Have you ever wondered why having a mentor makes a difference in life? Mentors are simply someone who can help guide you along a path in life that you wish to travel. A smart person learns from their own mistakes but a wise person learns from the mistakes of others. Ask yourself which of the previous makes more sense in your life. Do you want to spend time trying to discover what works and what doesn’t or learn from someone who has been there and done that? Personally I rather learn from the actions of others because it results in faster results with less headaches. The key is to seek out the right mentor for what you are trying to accomplish.
Who can be a mentor?
Mentors are not limited to the people who are directly in our lives. One of the best places to find a mentor is your local library or bookstore. If you take the time to look at the biographies of people throughout history you will find thousands of mentors to guide you through life. Have you ever wondered what it takes to make the tough decisions in life? Take the time to read the biographies of former U.S. Presidents to gain insights into what they were thinking when they had to make the tough decisions. You can also find mentors in your local community, look for people who are successful in what you are wanting to accomplish. There are plenty of mentors to guide you along your journey in life to accomplish your goals. The key is to approach these people with honesty and asking for their support. Most people will find it flattering to be asked to be a mentor. No one has gotten to where they are in life without someone along the way to help them get there. You might find yourself surprised at what you can accomplish by simply asking for someone to mentor you.
How to Find The Right Mentor?
Finding the right mentor is not as difficult as it may seem. First and foremost you have to make a list of what you want to learn from someone. If you do not know this part first, then you will not be successful in seeking the right mentor in life. Once you have this list, make another list of the ideal traits that you would like your mentor to have. Remember you want to have someone who is going to tell you what you NEED to hear not what you WANT to hear. Sometimes in life we have to hear things that will help us in the long term but are not the most pleasant things to hear up front. So think carefully here. When you have the traits listed, ask the people in your network of who they know who meets this description. You will be surprised at how many people will be able to help you find exactly who you are looking for simply by asking. Once you have your mentor you are going to embark on an incredible journey of development. Remember having a mentor is not jumping in the fast lane, its about developing a relationship to guide you through the forest of life.