1. Some of the most successful people have mentors
What do Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson and Bill Gates all have in common? Apart from being uber rich, they all have had mentors at some point.
In an interview with American talk show host Charlie Rose, Zuckerberg talked about his mentor Steve Jobs. “He was amazing,” said Zuckerberg. “I had a lot of questions for him.” He described how Jobs gave him advice about how he could build a team that was as focused as Zuckerberg on building “high quality and good things”
Oprah Winfrey credited Maya Angelou as being her mentor. ”She was there for me always, guiding me through some of the most important years of my life,” Winfrey wrote, when Maya Angelou passed. “The world knows her as a poet but at the heart of her, she was a teacher. ‘When you learn, teach. When you get, give’ is one of my best lessons from her.”
2. Save yourself the time and heartbreak – learn from someone else’s mistakes
You’ve heard the saying ”Learn from your mistakes..”. That is true, but you can do one better and actually learn from the mistakes of others and avoid repeating the same mistakes. Having a mentor means you can take advantage of their experience, listen to their stories – the mistakes they made and how they rectified it. This is a valuable tool – make use of it!
3. Grow your network by tapping into your mentor’s
If you nurture a good relationship with your mentor, they will trust you with their contacts. This isn’t simply about getting the details or introducing yourself to a key person but more so positioning yourself to exchange your skills for their time or whatever your need may be.
4. You’ll learn that it’s okay to get things wrong at time
Exactly! If you get things wrong – that’s fine, it’s not the end of world. Having a mentor allows you to have a ‘go-to’ person to turn to who’ll help you navigate the mistake you’ve made.
5. It’ll make you a better mentor!
Maya Angelou said it best, ‘When you learn, teach. When you get, give’. Learning and teaching never stops.
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