For every great success, for every outstanding name, for every triumphant or groundbreaking figure who captures the spotlight on a stage, there is at least one mentor who has inspired that moment to become a reality, who has helped make it possible. In every epic story, the hero always has a wise, more experienced person to guide him through his mission. It’s not a simple cliché, mentors are needed in every great project, whatever kind it is.
In every epic story, the hero always has a wise, more experienced person to guide him through his mission. It’s not a simple cliché, mentors are needed in every great project, whatever kind it is.
What is a mentor really?
He’s a counselor, a teacher or a guide. A person who has accumulated experience and knowledge and is now at a stage in his life where, having achieved his goals and learned so much, he can share that experience with others so that they too can achieve their goals.
A mentor is not just another teacher, as if life were a subject where there is a topic to be memorized, correct answers and incorrect answers. Therefore, a mentor cannot tell you exactly what to do so that you follow the instructions automatically and without thinking, but must have the ability to make you think, to inspire you to act, to teach you to find your own way and that you can walk it with your own steps.
The mentor, in addition to the knowledge he or she has acquired during his or her life, must also be a person who knows how to transmit and also listen: the humane treatment, the connection with the pupil are essential parts of mentoring. This is also why the mentor should never be a person who sees himself as overly superior because of what he knows or what he has achieved. Without feet on the ground and a human side that is close to him or her, his or her message may not be conveyed to anyone.
Why do you need a mentor?
The sooner you find your mentor, the more and more likely you are to succeed.
The main reason you need a mentor if you are starting to explore a new professional area or if you are starting a project or business is because that person has already been in your situation. You will find yourself in many situations where you will not understand what the next step is or how certain things usually happen in some stages of your project. You will probably feel lost at some point and no matter how much you inform yourself and read, there are things that can only be understood from personal experience.
A mentor will clear up your doubts and share experience with you to help you stay one step ahead of any situation. A mentor has a much broader vision than you, and where you see a number or a drawback, he may be seeing the beginning of a chain reaction that can benefit your business.
There are many times when a person abandons what he had put ambition, illusion and many hours of effort because he was facing obstacles that he did not know how to overcome. And on almost all these occasions, they lacked the help of a mentor who could tell them that right behind that obstacle, there was what they had been looking for and how to solve it.
Your mentor is also a person with contacts you can get to know through him or her, as well as having the ability to connect with other mentees who have been mentored by the same person. This means creating a network between people with similar experiences and interests, something that will enrich both your personal and professional life in the long run. One of the most important reasons to have a mentor is because, on top of everything else, it’s a person who is there for you. You will never feel alone or lost when you have a mentor, and you should never feel less valuable or unable to achieve the things you have set out to do because, think about it: if that person with that experience and that wisdom spends time guiding you, it is because he or she has seen great potential in you, has seen what you are capable of, and truly believes it. A mentor never wastes time, he is wise and he knows what he is doing.