Updated December 10, 2012
I’m really lucky. My world is filled with mentoring and mentors.
I have my own, am around many of them
through my job in my day-to-day routine, am part of a large mentoring program, am building my new venture on the concept of deep mentoring, and do a lot of informal mentoring on a daily basis. It also comes with the territory of being a father and teacher.
Many successful people will tell you that not only do they count mentors among their most valued relationships, but that they invest a lot of time in mentoring others. It’s deeply fulfilling, humbling, and eye-opening. Like teachers, great mentors will tell you they get more from their “work” than the proteges might.
I believe that everyone – no matter age, profession, or background – should be a mentor. And not just for one person but for as many as possible. It doesn’t have to be formal, it doesn’t have to take a lot of time, and it doesn’t require a certain skill level.
Each of us has something to share, whether it’s knowledge, experience, opinions, contacts or, most importantly, the ability to listen.
If you don’t find people coming to you for mentoring, then go find them.
- Contact your local school or university
- Reach out to colleagues, customers, suppliers, and service providers
- Find a non-profit that has a mission which resonates with you
- Ask friends, family, and neighbors how you can help them
- Get involved in trade associations or organizations to which you belong
From my experience, mentoring is one of the most effective ways to have an impact and grow as a person. And it takes nothing more than desire and time.
Go do it.