The Importance Of Having A Mentor

The Importance Of Having A MentorHaving a mentor in your life is huge. Everyone should have at least one mentor. I’ve had one of my mentors since I was in the 10th grade. He’s helped me become the man that I am today. I will always be grateful for that. Mentors can be valuable in your life in numerous ways.

Accountability

Mentors hold you accountable. If you say that you’re going to do something they should make sure that you do it. Over the years my mentor has followed up with me to make sure that I did the things that I said I was going to do. You need people in your life like that.

Life Experiences

Mentors can help out their mentees by sharing with them their life experiences. It could be college experiences or life experiences. Everyone is different, but having some kind of knowledge about life could make some things easier. Sometimes you can learn from your mentors past and not make similar mistakes that he or she made.

Guidance & Support

Mentors are there to give you guidance and support when needed. At times people don’t always know where to go in life. During my sophomore year, I had the opportunity to apply for the Walt Disney World internship program. At the time I wasn’t sure if I wanted to miss a semester if I was awarded the internship. I ended up getting accepted into the program. I discussed the opportunity with my mentor and made the decision to accept it. That was one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made. I was able to live in another state and interact with a variety of people.

Discuss Ideas

Having a mentor gives you another person to discuss ideas with. You may not be comfortable sharing everything with your friends. Your mentor will be there to listen to your ideas and give you feedback. If the idea isn’t the smartest, they will let you that.

Honesty

Going back to the previous statement I said that your mentor would give you feedback about your ideas. It will be honest feedback. You may not always like it, but at least they are honest. Sometimes our friends might not want to tell you if they don’t like something because they don’t want to make the situation awkward or hurt your feelings. A mentor will tell you the honest truth even if it makes you uncomfortable for a brief moment. The honesty will help you out at the end of the day.

To summarize this post mentors can help you with being held accountable, sharing their life experiences, guidance and support, discussing ideas and being honest.

You don’t have to be a certain age to have a mentor. I currently only have one, but I’m looking for a couple more in different areas. The importance of having a mentor is huge. So much good can come from it.

Have you ever had a mentor?

 

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  1. I’m on the road to getting one. Thanks for sharing

  2. Having a mentor is great. I’ve had a few over the years and they’ve all had a HUGE impact on my life.
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  3. I was going to say that I don’t really have a mentor but after reading through the post I realized that I do have a number of people who I do these things with.

    I guess I always looked at mentor as someone you seek out to lead you. But I happened to just develop that kind of relationship with these people because of admiration and respect I have for them in different areas.

    I think getting a mentor is best. We all need someone supports us in these ways.

    ~Lea
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  4. All great benefits of having a mentor, particularly ‘Life Experiences.’ While there is no better teacher than one’s own experiences, having the ability to leverage the lessons learned by others comes close.
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  5. Great post JB!

    I have had mentors all my life even when I didn’t know that word. 🙂 It began with family (I was fortunate) and continues to this day. Now I giving back. What a blessing to come full circle.
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  6. I wrote a similar post a few months ago!

    Yes, I have been mentored and found it invaluable. I worked alongside a woman far more experienced than I was. She told me the truth which I respected her for and helped to steer me towards my goals.

    You mentioned accountability – crucial especially amongst young people who are a law unto themselves.

    Who better to learn from than one who has already gone before us?
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  7. At my age it would be hard to find a mentor – maybe I could turn that around and become one? Never really thought about this before but you are so right – there are things that are difficult to talk about to friends or family – having a mentor to discuss those issues with would be tremendously helpful. We hear a lot nowadays about teenage stress – I’ll bet that would be lessened a lot if they had a mentor. Great post Jason.
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  8. One of my first bosses was a mentor. We were in the news business and he was a veteran of New York City dailies. He not only helped with the job itself but also taught me a lot about professionalism. As I got older I tried to remember that and tried to act as a mentor myself with younger colleagues.
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  9. This is an important topic to share with everyone.
    We need someone to help us, and to look up to. These mentors share their knowledge and in return we share a piece of us to them.
    I also think it is vital for us to become mentors, to pass what we learned from ours to someone new, they will do the same when they become a mentor.
    I know it may sound selfish, but this is one of the reason I mentor people. I become a part of history, a part of a future, my knowledge is passed on, and on. A never ending cycle, and in a sense I became part of that future too.
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  10. Great post, Jason. I’ve had mentors most of my life. They taught me so much and provide a path for me I wouldn’t have found otherwise. Now I find myself being a mentor, providing the same for others. It’s such a joy to come full circle like that.
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  11. I agree with some of your commenters that I’ve not had a formal mentor, but I have/had people who do hold me accountable to myself for all the right things. It’s essential so that you get outside of yourself sometimes. Now I’m wondering if I have been a mentor!

    Congrats, too, on the Disney internship. That is no small feat to be accepted into that program. Good job!
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  12. Well said, and yes I’ve had a few mentors at various stages in my life and couldn’t agree more with you about the value.
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  13. Yes, I’ve had mentors. You’re right that it is good to have them in different aspects of your life. They are invaluable. I recently heard from a long ago employee who told me that I was an important mentor to her and it really made me happy.
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  14. I do not know that I could have ever succeeded n my career without a series of wonderful mentors. Gosh, I’ve been so lucky. Whenever I get an opportunity, I also enjoy mentoring others…a little pay it forward:)
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