Having 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?