May 02, 2020
Podcast Episode – Mentor
- A mentor can help you grow your business.
- Build a long term relationship with your mentors.
- Mentors give you their time
- They have more life experience than you
- 'On my walks, every man I met is a superior to me in some way, and in that, I learn from him.’ – Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Inspirational mentor.
- Need a network of different types of mentors. Can change throughout life as we grow and develop.
- Have a plan
- You need to know what your good at and weak in before looking for a mentor so you can find a mentor which will help you grow.
- Ask yourself what are your strengths, skills, what are you good at and where you need to grow?
- Your mentor is there to up skill you.
- Mentors give feedback to help us improve.
- Who do you look up too – ask who you want to be in life, visualise it, visualise someone/people you admire.
- You can learn from mentors by watching them or reading there work.
- List the people you want to connect with and become mentors and research these people and their connections to see if you have any links so you can get a warm connection through someone else.
- Look for someone with a great network already that they can draw on to help you.
Finding a Mentor:
- You can plan for a mentor but sometimes mentors will just appear in your life
- Have more than one mentor for different parts of your life-network of mentors
- Someone in your network could introduce you to someone or has a connection to a mentor you would like.
- Have the courage to connect with people.
- It’s great to ask your manager to appoint you a mentor in the workplace.
- Not all good mentors are in the same field as you
- In his Ted X Talk Doug Stewart voiced the idea that there are 51/2 types of mentors.
- Mentor type 1 – World View – Someone who can see past your prospective and help you navigate towards your vision
- Mentor type 2 – Street view – Stands with you in your prospective
- Mentor type 3 – Time machine – People in your past – can be anyone
- Mentor type 4 – Stealth mentor – Those people that are mentors but don’t know to
- Mentor type 5 – Categorical – Like a filling cabinet of information which you can take bits of information from
- Mentor type 5 1/2 – Anti-mentor/Half a mentor – The person that shows you what you don’t want to be
Working with a Mentor:
- Take ownership of your own opportunities
- Prove to your mentor that you are worth the time they are investing in you
- Once your mentor has agreed to work with you than take the ownership of the opportunities and get the most out of it.
- Also take ownership of all the other opportunities your mentor provides you and make the most of them.
- What to ask your mentor
- Take intuitive and be vocal about what you want to learn - Mentee’s should be the driver of the relationship
- Ask them questions about their life, how they have handled certain situations, what their opinion is, what books they read, what they like to learn about
- Help guide your mentor by showing them what you want to learn
- Personal responsibility and countability – Mentorship is for yourself with the help of other people.
- Be grateful
- Your mentor may have a difference of opinion to you so remember to change or adapt your thinking
- If your mentor does correct you than listen to their feedback – they are not picking on you
- We can vent our frustrations to mentors but remember that once we have vented we need to fix the problem.
- Learn how to mentor from your mentor.
- Giving back to your mentor-use what your good at – listen to episode 3 for more ways to give back to your mentor
- As you grow and your life changes your need for mentors will change.
- Mentors may not last a life time but we should always be grateful for the impact they have had on our life
- Celebrate your success with your mentor.
- Mentoring can be a very mutual relationship - A mentor mentors the you but sometimes can mentor your mentor
- Give back and make a better society by mentoring others and pass on the knowledge you receive.
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