Why do I want mentors and why do I value mentoring others?
First, let's understand what a mentor is. The Oxford dictionary describes it as follows:
~ An experienced and trusted adviser.
Whether it's a quick call, coffee or two, or something more regular, there doesn't have to be a significant time commitment from a mentor or mentee if they don't want it to be.
So why do I want mentors?
The more you learn, the more you understand that there is so much more to learn. I crave knowledge and understanding; I want to master what I do, and for that, I fully realise that I will need help.
I will need help in all that I do. In all the areas of business and life that I am pursuing and will pursue. Many great people have gone before me and who know so much more than I do, and I want to learn from these great people. But before going more into that, why do I want to mentor others?
Why do I want to mentor others?
I recently found that there was something I could help someone with where I had a particular set of skills and knowledge to solve a problem for them, and I happily did so. A friend needed advice on putting together a budget for a work project, which they have never done before in a work setting, and as I have a fascination with budgeting, I was able & happy to help them put together a strong budget proposal on a work project they were doing.
I have seen the value in helping others. Seeing how they grow and how they learn and how some flourish. The benefits have been numerous. Helping someone get a step closer to their goals and then seeing them achieve their goals, has itself been rewarding. I have learned so much about dealing with people in different scenarios.
Mentoring allows for gaining a new perspective on things:
Learning to better analyse problems from the outside, when I want to help someone I have to take a step back and look at it from the outside and provide unbiased, critical advice and recommendations, and now more often better utilising this technique in my own life.
I have also appreciated being more confident in the areas where I helped others; it has allowed me better understand complex subjects and ensure that I can explain it in a way that others can comprehend.
A great friend once said that 'you only really know something if you can explain it simply to another'.
Mentoring is not one-sided; in such a relationship both people should gain from the time spent together. I know the value should be shared both ways.
Why do I want mentors?
In all the instances where I have had valuable input from those who know more than I do I have been better off for it: I have grown, I have learned, and I have improved how I do things. This input has been so valuable that I have gone out to help others where I can add value.
We all have something to offer; we just need to realise what it is and how it can benefit others, and by doing so it will serve us well.
For 2018 I want to pursue learning and growing in key areas of my business and personal life. And I am putting it out there that I would love the opportunity to talk with people in the following areas:
- Entrepreneurs who started a business of their own and have made it and kept it a success for over a decade
- Developers who started and completed projects that met targets and delivered the desired results, in both good and bad markets
- Industry experts: someone who grew to become a go-to name in their particular industry
- A fundraiser and financier someone who is that person who pulled together investors for several projects
- A consultant: a person who has helped shape massive deals or restructuring of businesses or product lines; someone who has brought about change in a business or industry
- A people person: someone who is incredible in dealing with other human beings, showing genuine compassion and empathy
- The lifelong student: someone who is terrific at learning, always consuming knowledge and building on the knowledge & experience they already have.
Remember mentoring doesn't have to be a large time commitment, it could be a simple phone call or a quick coffee.
If you feel you can add value to my journey, please reach out to me: I would love to learn from you.
And for all who read this message, please share it: share it for what it might bring to you and for what it means to me, and it does mean a lot.
Whether you are looking for a mentor, looking to help someone on their journey, formally or informally, I hope you use 2018 to learn and to help others.