I think I learned the term “mentor” at an early age. It seemed like a mentor was reserved for a select group of people or kids. When I was younger, kids that didn’t have good parents needed mentors – I know that not to be true now but that was my early impression of the word. As I entered the workforce, only corporate-types used mentors to get ahead. I certainly know that not to be true as an adult.
The word mentor, defined by Wikipedia, is a trusted friend, counselor or teacher, usually a more experienced person. I have had many mentors throughout my life. Some have been friends, others only acquaintances, some total strangers. “A more experienced person” can be valuable for making and reaching goals.
That being said, do you need a mentor? You might have one and not even realize it. If you don’t and feel like you could use some direction for improving on a hobby or career try seeking out a mentor. Mentorship doesn’t have to be an assigned task. It does require finding a person that you can relate to in terms of building on a core principle.
A good mentor will take the time to try to understand your goals. They will share experiences with you and keep you in the back of their mind as they continue to grow goals. Mentorship can be great for each party involved. It gives both parties a chance to share and grow.
I’m always interested in how I can help someone reach their goals as much as I am interested in learning from more experienced people. A plant doesn’t grow in isolation. It needs light, water, and environmental interaction in order to thrive. How do you thrive? If you need some tips, That Works Too has some unconventional advice that might appy to you too. Moving forward and learning more is what a mentor’s for. -ed