“Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.” -John C. Crosby
Relationships are some of the keys to our existence here in this lifetime. Developing and fostering relationships is a basic human need. It is also needed in business and a career. I have always been afraid to approach potential mentors for help in my future career because I know that people’s time is valuable to them and I don’t want to be a burden to them. However, what I have found is that there are a lot of people more than happy to be apart of your life journey and help point you in the right direction. There are some key points that really stood out to me in the book, The Ministry of Business, that I want to apply in my life:
Tips In Finding and Adopting Good Mentors
Consider your goals, strengths, and weaknesses. Think about what type of person can help you overcome your challenges and reach your goals.
The potential mentor should raise you to higher ground. Run from a mentor who doesn’t allow you to see yourself in a greater light. Even if a mentor is hard on you, the feeling you should get from working with a mentor should never be demeaning, but always uplifting.
A great mentor will take an interest in you personally, and will be ready adopt you for life.
Mentors should be willing to share their wisdom and knowledge out of a sincere and selfless desire for your betterment rather than for personal financial gain.
A good mentor student relationship should be meaningful to both parties
Mentors by definition of being successful professionals, are generally very busy individuals. Yet good mentors should never make you feel like the time they give you is a burden to them.
When approaching potential mentors, be bold enough to directly ask for some of their time. When they agree, set an appointment and share your goals, ideas, questions, and concerns with them. Find out if they are able and willing to help you achieve these goals. If a potential mentor denies your request than so be it. Move on to someone who is willing to take a sincere interest in you and your goals.
Always be communicative, clear, and direct when approaching and speaking to potential mentors. Only though straightforward communication will you find the right person to become your mentor.
Overall, these tips will lead to lasting relationships, which is what life is about. These are tips that I hope to apply in my own journey and I am excited for the day when I will be the one who is a mentor to someone else.