Week 8: What is a mentor? Do you have a mentor? Should I have a mentor? Should we ALL have a mentor?
I hope you are well!
This week I wanted us to explore the idea of a mentor.
What is a mentor really? Is a mentor always an older wiser human who has all the answers to all of the questions? Maybe. Sometimes.
The more I think about it though, the more I believe that the concept of a mentor is changing or to be more accurate it has already changed.
Let me explain!
They say: You need to know your mentor in person.
In the age of internet, people are willing to share their story, they are willing to share their experiences and they are willing to provide other people with tips and tools on how to overcome or avoid any hurdles.
All you have to do is to choose wisely the ones who make sense to you.
They say: Mentors have all the answers.
Mentors guide you based on previous experiences and observations, but in any case it is up to you to choose how you want to proceed.
They are there to help you see where you block yourself but they are not there to make decisions for you.
In other words, you are the one who has all the answers!
They say: The mentor-mentee relationship has to be a forever relationship.
Again, not entirely true!
A mentor could be someone who guide you through a project for example, over a certain period of time. And as sad as it sounds, you may never see them again!
The most important thing though is that you have gained and learned something from them!
They say: The relationship has to be defined as a mentor-mentee.
But they also say, you are the average of the five people who you spend your time with!
You don’t need to name someone as your mentor, the people you choose to surround yourself with are your mentors.
All you have to do is to pay attention!
In conclusion, a mentor is someone who knowingly or unknowingly has the ability to unblock your brain, guide you and help you make better decisions for yourself.
Why am I saying all these?
I guess at some point in our lives we all need someone who we can trust, someone who gets us, someone who is close but not so close, someone who with a few words can help us see the obvious. Someone who will remind us that we should keep going!
I just wanted to remind us that mentors are everywhere, especially today. The most important thing is to find the few (I mean the very few!) who their words, their work, their actions, even the sound of their voice resonates with us and when we feel unmotivated or stuck, we can have them in our ears, read their books, participate in their communities and then life becomes a little less scary.
And that’s it for today!:) What is a mentor for you? Do you have a mentor? Should we all have a mentor? Do you agree that nowadays mentors are everywhere and more accessible than ever? Let me know!
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Thank You for Being Here!
P.S.: I will be here once a week!
Mentors are everywhere.
Choose your ones wisely.
I know that probably you already know and follow these people on social media but just in case you don’t, I would recommend as a starting point for a mentor list the 30 Days of Genius by Chase Jarvis - click here. Enjoy!:)