No man is self-made.
Everything you are today is traceable to an influence.
For a second, try to pay attention to the way you talk or just notice the way you walk, your gestures and sometimes your approach to life…They were probably copied from someone somewhere.
And there is no harm in copying as long as you “copyright”…lol
Imitation is one of the basis of development.
Children begin to walk because they see other people around them walking.
That’s why this topic of mentorship should never be underestimated.
However, nothing is more important than learning from the best.
Copy excellence, learn from the best and imbibe whatever you find useful.
Sometimes you don’t even have to reinvent the wheel.
Be ye followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promise.
Many of us go around with questions looking for answers.
You read books, attend seminars and conferences hoping to get answers.
Coaches will tell you “take massive action!” Great. But What action? They can’t tell you because they probably don’t have your time.
Sometimes when you get answers, you are left confused and with more questions. When you want the step-by-step details, you’re left alone.
The guidance we stand to get from mentors is so enormous.
Mentors help you apply principles (learned from books, podcasts and seminars) in your own context- apply it to the peculiarity of your situation.
But Asking Someone to Mentor You is Actually Creepy… Do this Instead!
Unlike many who go around sending emails to people they really admire hoping that they will get a response – there is a better approach.
I know that “Find a mentor” is a cliche that has been thrown around so much, it has become a giant cliche.
But its a cliche for a reason – and that is because it is truly critical to success.
Finding mentors is tough. Especially for young millennials.
Sending an email to a VIP that asks, “Will you be my mentor?” is however a completely wrong approach.
If you are fortunate enough, you will get a response like… I have a lot on my schedule recently but i have an online community where i share tips every now and then.
And i am sure this is not what you want.
You want someone who can hold you by the hand, look over your shoulders and tell you exactly what to do.
Let’s make this clear
You don’t choose your mentor, your mentor chooses you
Top CEOs like Marissa Mayer of Yahoo!, Marc Benioff of Salesforce, and Eric Schmidt (formerly of Google) all agree.
The question now will be, Richini, how do i position myself to be discovered by a mentor?
Here is the secret:
Contribute to connect
What can you add to the relationship? It is never a one way street…It’s always a win-win.
Therefore, when trying to connect with potential mentors, think about this: What can you offer so that they’ll want to invest the time and energy to help advance your career?
Read about them, know their interest and see what you can offer to help them advance also… It can be a skill, money, expertise, gifts or just being available to run errands.
This is how you connect with a mentor the right way…
P.S. what do you think about this approach? Let me know in the comment below.