The word mentor derives from Greek mythology.
Having a mentor or coach is as old as the history of civilization," says Sheila Wellington, former Catalyst president and author of Be Your Own Mentor: Strategies from Top Women on the Secrets of Success.
So what is the benefit and focus of having a mentor/coach?:
- The focus of a mentor/coach is to guide you and offer constructive ideas or criticism about how you might do things. One key is that the mentor should not take the role of “leader” – YOU are the leader; however, the mentor should help you to evaluate your goals, adjust them and offer you strategies to help overcome obstacles.
- Encouragement of knowing that someone else has “been there and done that”. Having a mentor/coach allows you access to information you may not currently have or now how to access. No need to reinvent the wheel!
- A mentor/coach should help you have that “stick and Stay” mentality and spirit. Many times I have wanted to give up on endeavors but having a mentor/coach has helped me on more than one occasion to “stay the course”! I am most grateful!
- A mentor/coach should offer you encouragement and let you know it is OK to mess up! That is right I said it! It is ok to mess up! What do we learn from most? You got it! OUR MISTAKES! Even with a mentor, we will make mistakes! I have heard it said that “There are no Mistakes – just lessons” Learn from them! Grow from them and then PAY IT FORWARD!
Think about some of those famous mentor relationships like…………………………….
Tiger Woods or Donald Trump whose mentors/coaches were their fathers!
Madonna was a mentor to Gwyneth Paltrow
Maya Angelou (poet, writer, inspiration Bio) was a mentor to Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey in turn paying it forward was a mentor to "Dr. Phil" McGraw
There is much more I can share about the benefit of having a mentor but I hope I have given you a good foundation.
All successful people need to learn how to be successful and none of us can learn how to do this by ourselves! So what are you waiting for? Find a mentor/coach and begin your journey of success!
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