Today, finding a mentor is becoming increasingly difficult. The so-called professionals who could help us are now becoming more proficient in telling us tacitly how they don’t have time for people like us who want to learn the ropes of being successful. Some will even promise us that they will mentor us. But what do we get in the end – disappointment. They keep postponing our meetings, ignoring our calls, not replying our e-mails, and giving us false hope. Is there any hope of finding a great mentor at all?
The above is just a vivid explanation of how greenhorns feel about finding a great mentor. But all hope is not lost. Believe it or not, there are many professionals out there who are looking for people like you to mentor. You just need to learn how to find the right ones that will have time to advise you, guide you and answer all your questions. Without further ado, below are the ways of finding a great mentor on your road to success.
Know what you want
This is the most important aspect of getting a great mentor. You need to ask yourself several questions like these: Do I really need a mentor to succeed? Why do I need a mentor? What type of person or personality would be a great mentor for me? What are my short-term and long-term goals of getting a mentor? This list of questions is not exhaustive, but they will help you to know what you want. And when you know what you want, you will have a clear picture of how to find a great mentor.
Many people today are struggling to find a mentor that will have their time because they are not flexible. For instance, if your potential mentor wants you to contact him or her in the evenings, you just have to do so even if it is not convenient for you. After all, you are the one that needs your mentor’s guidance. Being flexible will not only show how serious you are to your mentor; it will also make your mentor realize that you are ready to do what it takes to achieve your goals. Another implication of this is that your mentor will be very willing to make your dreams come true.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
The great American novelist Thomas Louis Berger once said, “the art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.” No great mentors will come and beg you to be their mentee. You need to meet them politely and tell them why you want them to mentor you. They are not your crush, so you have nothing to lose if you reach out to any of your potential mentors. If they don’t want to mentor you, that’s no big news. But if they decide to guide you to achieve your goals, that’s a big plus to you.
Seek a mentorship from within
Why meeting a stranger to be your mentor when you have many people around you who can mentor you? While some individual will say their career goals will not be achieved if they choose people they know too well to be their mentor, we think such people are in a better position to help you achieve your goals than strangers who barely know you. On the contrary, we don’t mean you should contact those who will always make fun of you anytime you ask them for guidance. What we are trying to say is that you should consider those people who are around you and whom you respect a lot to mentor you. It could be those who have more experience than you in your office. It may even be some of your peers in college who are much more brilliant than you. The most important thing is to find someone who believes in you and who will bring out the best in you, regardless of who your mentor is and where he or she comes from.
In a Nut Shell
Getting a mentor is not as hard as you think. All you need to do is to know what you want, be willing to ask for help, be flexible and seek mentorship from within. If you can implement these strategies, rest assured that you are on the right path to succeed.