Over the past several weeks I have been reminded of those who have guided me through life. The good times and the not so good times. Maybe you’ve been struggling a bit in life or there are some things you simply need some guidance in, and a friend or family member has suggested that you try out a mentor. You might be hesitant, wondering why a mentor is even important. Yet, I can’t think of a leader or influencer who didn’t have a mentor or coach. The great men and women of the Bible had mentors, Jethro mentored Moses, Elijah mentored Elisha, Paul mentored Timothy. The list could go on and on. But mentorship is important for several of the following reasons.
Mentors Provide Knowledge
No matter who you are or what field you are in, you don’t know everything there is to know. Even if your mentor is on the same level as you academically, they may have knowledge different from yours that could help you achieve goals both on the job and off. Having a mentor can also help shorten the growth curve when you take on a new project or set an ambitious goal.
Mentors Can See Things You Can’t
One of the most difficult things in life can be clearly seeing yourself or your journey. A mentor can help with this since they can provide feedback about things you are doing from a third-party outsider’s perspective. This can give you a valuable leap ahead when competing for a competitive position or another dream that depends on someone else’s selection to achieve.
Mentors Offer Encouragement
Beyond just providing an outside perspective and giving you advice on decisions, mentors can also offer you daily encouragement. In fact, a good mentor will know you so well that they will know how to offer you the exact kind of encouragement that will get you going when you are stuck in a rut. This encouragement can help you to better stay on your path towards success.
Mentors Introduce You To A Network
One of the other things that makes a mentor great is that they usually have a network of people behind them who are also available to you. They may introduce you to new people who can help you along your path. They may know people who can advise you in difficult situations. Either way, a mentor will introduce you to people who will be invaluable to your journey! Overall, if you find yourself struggling, it may be important that you find someone to mentor you. A mentor is a valuable person who can provide you with knowledge and help you see things that you normally can’t. Not only that, but a mentor can offer you encouragement as well as introduce you to other new people who can be a great addition to your life.
This summer I encourage you to connect with someone who you trust.