Throughout my career I have reaped the benefits of having some powerful mentors in my life. The advice and food for thought I’ve received has been invaluable.
As my career progressed and I gained experience, people began to seek me out as a mentor. I’ve spoken at leadership development events, built training sessions on developing talent, building trust and team member engagement. I’ve hosted events focusing on finding your passion and have found that most people are looking for ways to live out their dreams. We can all benefit from a mentor to offer insight and guidance. But, as we get more “seasoned asking for help becomes harder to do. We keep our dreams and aspirations close and rarely share them with anyone.
Being a mentor is just as important as finding a mentor. I am at a place in my life where I am finally focusing on my passion, where I can make the biggest impact. It’s probably no surprise that I enjoy coaching. Empowering others is my way to make a difference.
When my mentees come and talk to me about what is happening in their careers or their lives, I would share ideas and stories that I thought might be relevant. It still brings me joy when they follow-up and note how my insight created growth in their lives; or how the resources I provided removed some major roadblock. Even if coaching is the last things you’d want to do for a living, there are definite benefits to mentoring others.
You can change someone’s life
There are folks out there that haven’t been where you’ve been. When you share your insight and experiences with them you can change the course for those people. One of the most valuable gifts you can give someone is to give them hope or help them navigate a tough situation. By sharing that “that dream is possible, and it is a possible for THEM,” you can open a brand-new perspective on life.
You might learn a thing or two
When you become a mentor, you learn new things. Some of the people I mentor are millennials. I can now identify balance, without standing on one foot. I can create project treatments and point out a bleed without stepping foot into a doctor’s office. I’ve had a part in creating a style guide, 3-inch heels not required, and I’ve tried to write using the inverted pyramid approach, even though I am not there yet.
“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.”
I am proud of the things I have learned and even prouder of the young people who have share their skills, experiences, and dreams with me.
In the workplace mentors are often seen as higher performers. Mentoring allows you to exercise your leaderships skills. You improve your judgement, widen your network, learn things about other areas of your business, and ultimately become more valuable.
You create your legacy
Days turn into weeks, weeks into months and many of us are left thinking, “What did I accomplish?” How am I making an impact? Mentoring is a great way to add meaning to your life. For some it is our true calling, for others helping someone makes you feel more connected the world. It provides a personal boost as you see your efforts making a difference.
Many of us would not be where we are today without the support of our mentors. You don’t have to wait until you’ve got it all together, until you don’t’ have any doubts. You have something very special to give and someone is waiting for you to be their blessing.