Progression is also about reflection, something we all seem to be at least self aware of, however how brilliant we all think we are is for a different time altogether. Sometimes when you get so wrapped up in the day to day minutiae of ‘stuff’ you might not be as eager to reflect on goals, development or progression. Knock knock, this is your Mentor calling…
Mentoring is an experience that both parties can gain. it’s a win win. A good mentor is someone who listens effectively and who can probe with questions. Additonally a good mentor is someone who you have confidence in as the mentee and someone with a wealth of experience in an area or sector you would like to develop.
1) Mentors provide the ‘bigger picture’ analysis
Mentors can provide information they can also provide a well rounded knowledge of an area. As I said above they can ask probing questions and help you discover your own answer to the knowledge or information you want to obtain. The ‘step removed’ the mentor is provides an opportunity of them to see the issue, or experience from a different angle allowing them to provide you a well rounded answer to your question.
The constructive criticism that mentors offer allows you to appreciate the insight and not just play lip service to your ego.
George Lucas was quoted:
“Mentors have a way of seeing more of our faults that we would like. It’s the only way we grow.”
2) Mentors can connect through their networks
Mentors do not just provide an adequate sounding board and allow you to learn and develop, they can also provide you with opportunities and networks to encourage further developmental opportunities or meet people who can put you on the right track.
Business is about networking, the old saying of it’s not what you know but who you know always rings true. The idea of meeting as many people of possible is how you will succeed in Business. So many self help books or Journey books as I call them (the ones that tell you how they built their business etc etc) always say how networking was keep to their success. Being able to go out and talk to people is an important skill and one that you will need to develop yourself, however, a mentor can open that door for you – you just need to learn how to keep them from slamming it in your face.
3) Mentors do not cost you
Apart from many the round of coffee or in time, mentors are free. They are a free resource to use and allow you to organically grow your network. They are the secret sauce to success, Steve Jobs was a mentor to Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett to Bill Gates, they have all used some form of person to call upon their wisdom or experience in an area or field.
The Key Take Away
Having a mentor is in no way a bad sign, lose the attitude or ego, mentors will help you in ways you didn’t even know needed help. They can provide an outlook that is different. With any opportunity it is about how you use it and learn from it. make sure you do.
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My Name is Jordan Bambridge a 23 year old ambitious manager. I currently work in a UK University. I get really passionate about understanding not what people do, but why they do it. I am also interested in psychology in business and helping others succeed and reach their potential. You can catch me on Twitter or Instagram @JordanBambridge or by clicking below.
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