5 Tips To Find A Mentor
Ever wondered how to find a mentor? Here are my 5 tips to find a mentor in this busy online world we live in.
Some people like to find that one key person to be their mentor. Personally I wouldn’t want to put all my eggs in one basket and prefer to get the guidance I desire from several key people. What ever your preference is, hopefully these 5 tips will help you.
1, One myth I used to believe to be true is you don’t actually need to meet your mentor in person. These days we have the power of books, online videos, courses and endless online resources, podcasts etc. We have mentor opportunities everywhere and for free , even better if that’s the way you want to go.
2, Don’t just look for that one mentor, look for many. It’s not wise mentally or intellectually to only have one. To only take advice from one person they are not necessarily going to have all the answers you need. You’ll be missing out of various others points of view. Build a network of various people that have a broad spectrum of answers that will be benefit you.
3, Some but not all of them will necessarily be higher than you on the success ladder. Don’t underestimate just how valuable your colleagues can be to you. The people slightly ahead of you will be closer to resolving the problem that you are going through, rather than that of a high powered mentor that is years ahead you.
4, The main reason we look for a mentor, to shorten our learning curve and avoid commonly made mistakes. When you have found a mentor ask questions that are specific and not vague. No mentor would want to take on someone that has no direction or clue where they want to go. If you ask the specific question most likely you’ll get the right answer.
5, FIND a mentor you that you really want to learn from, you will need to be their true and devoted fan, buy their books and leave reviews, take their courses, attend their events, support their work, and if they have an online presence be a consistent engaged supporter, always tell them how their work has helped you in your work and life.
To earn respect and trust show up in their world with generous non agenda filled heart. Don’t be needy, you cannot be attached to an outcome. You are going to learn so much by consistently observing and engaging with them, obviously you can’t force someone to notice you.
So go out there and start following people that are standing out to you and get yourself some key mentors, you’ll be so glad you did, I know I did.
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