The Importance of Having A Mentor In Your Life — When You Are Young
The Pure Empathy Education Group
The Importance of Having Mentor in Your Life When You Are Young
Most people underestimate the value of a mentor and this is the biggest reasons for failure in business. A mentor offers valuable insight to things that only experience can teach as well as a host of other things. They have fruit on their tree which shows they have paid the price to be in a position to offer wisdom to you if you need it.
The following points will put into perspective the importance of having a good mentor and the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have someone in your corner that is knowledgeable about your enterprise or business. And believe you, if you don't have one yet you better find one before you need one.
A mentor will encourage you when you are feeling low. The word encouragement literally means "to give courage", and a good mentor will provide just that. This does not mean that other people cannot offer you encouragement but when it is coming from someone who knows and understands your business inside out it means a lot more. A good mentor will motivate you with a simple statement that affirms you are on the right track even when things do not seem to be going well. They have the ability to reassure you that everything is going as it should be because they have been there before.
A mentor will help you prevent mistakes that you otherwise would have no way of avoiding. There are only two ways to gain wisdom in life: making your own mistakes, or learning from others mistakes. If you're thinking about walking through a minefield, you probably won't follow the path where there's an empty set of boots lying on the ground. A mentor has already made all the mistakes for you so you don't have to do it all over again. So in other words experience is the best teacher IF it's not your own experience. Failure is only possible if you decide to figure out everything on your own. Here is the problem: you don't have enough time to make all the mistakes you need to make to be successful.
A mentor will help you remove your weaknesses. This is usually the tougher aspect of a mentoring relationship because it involves pruning off some of the things holding you back in business. If you have a good mentor understand that you are not always going to like them. Their primary role is to be your mentor and their secondary role is to be your friend. Your best friends see you as you are, your mentor see you for who you can be.
Your friends will tolerate your weaknesses, but your mentor will remove them entirely. Your friends are comfortable with your past, but your mentor is more comfortable with your future. A good mentor will stretch you just by being in your presence because they know and understand you better than you understand yourself.
Bring out your strengths
Remember that Tiger Woods had a coach. Most people if asked if they had the option of being coached in golf by Tiger Woods or by Tiger's coach which person they would choose almost unanimously say they would choose Tiger Woods. The truth however is that it takes a certain type of person to bring out talent and ability undeveloped in people. Talent cannot be taught which is why coaches are more valuable than players. Without good coaches, talent would be useless. A good mentor will help bring out the best in you when you don't necessarily see the qualities you possess.
A mentor will tell you the truth because their primary objective is to make sure you are successful. Your friends will always tell you what you want to hear, but a mentor will tell you what you need to hear. This is not always easy to do because of ego issues especially in men. But a good mentor understands that a day of tension is better than a lifetime of regret and as such will always tell you the truth rather than let you believe you have arrived at your destination.
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Why connections and building relationships are important.
In today's business world, an important ingredient is the connections or relationships that we are able to make, quite simply it is learning how to get along with people.
As discussed many times people want to do business with people that they like, trust, and who are able to deliver on all promises. Being able to deliver a high quality product in a timely fashion is only a bonus.
We can make more friends and build more lasting relationships in two months by becoming interested in other people than we can in two years by trying to get other people interested in us.
When dealing with people, always remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic but creatures of emotion.
Our personalities and our ability to prioritize will always determine the speed and length of our success.
We must always either to continue to modify our dreams or magnify our skills.
The number of relationships that we make and continue to cultivate are pivotal in our success and need to be worked on or modified daily. The more relationships we have the easier our daily business becomes, it really is that easy.