Have you seen a friend or coworker doing something in a way that you want to do it? Maybe their outfits look amazing every day, or they find a way to command attention in a room when they are speaking.
Whatever it is… you look at them in that moment and think, “I wanna do THAT.”
I have, and I still do, have these kinds of people in my life, and I call them my Mentors. They have come into my life due to chance and “fate”, and I feel lucky to know them. I wish I could say I planned any of them, but I did not. They all showed up in my life when I needed it most, but didn’t know it.
I’d like to call out a few of them, because I honestly don’t know if they know the impact they have had on my personal development:
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I think of “mentors” a bit differently.
Having been in a variety of fields, industries, and locations… I have found it quite unrealistic to expect to find one other person that really embodies every aspect of who you want to be.
What you can do, however, is to shift your thinking.
We are all unique individuals with something amazing to share with the world. Sweet. But that’s good, right? I can learn from you, and you can learn from me.
The key is to find a mentor that emulates a specific skill, job, or attitude that you would like to develop. When you have identified that person, spend a minute really honing in on what it is about them or their work that you want to learn.
Then take 2 specific actions:
- Find opportunities to observe them doing that awesome thing you like
- Open up a discussion about it with them
Sounds simple, right?
Yes, but there is one catch.
You have to be open and willing to SEE a mentor when you come across one, especially when they are right in front of you. Sometimes our greatest mentors come into our lives in the most unexpected ways. Or they don’t start as mentors, but develop into them as our paths in life change.
Take a moment and think about who you have come across in the past month that might have something to teach you. How can you benefit from picking their brain and surrounding yourself with their presence?
You have probably been used as a mentor before… and didn’t even know it. Isn’t that a cool feeling?
P.S. The mentoring quote is from a book called, “You Are a Badass” by Jen Sincero. It’s freaking awesome, everyone should read it, and I’ll write a tidbit about it soon. [/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]