Give yourself the opportunity that few achieve in life or business — find some mentors. Good ones. Homing in on your ability to find mentors and bring those relationships to fruition is a major factor in the overall success you will see in life.
Here are five ways to find your perfect mentor and skip the conventional career steps by allowing them to open the doors for you.
- Always move forward.
Keeping the mentality of always propelling yourself forward means dropping anyone who isn’t helping you accomplish that goal.
Since the fastest way to move forward is to remove things that are holding you back, remove any obstacles that are causing you to take two steps back.
Motivational writer Benjamin P. Hard says, “Time is a non-renewable resource. You can’t get it back. The wrong mentorships will not only cost you time, but can send your life and career in the wrong direction. I know from experience.”
It has been said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
- Be selective.
“Never take advice from someone you wouldn’t switch places with.” —Darren Hardy
“Just because someone is willing to be your mentor doesn’t mean they should be. There are lots of people willing to ’impart their wisdom.’ But if they aren’t where you want to be, then their advice is irrelevant to you and might be lacking the practicality of someone with tangible experience.”
This is why it’s important to have a firm grasp on where you want to go. Without it, literally anyone could be your mentor — even those who are further from the mountain than you are. Find someone a few steps ahead for the most incredible insights.
- Focus on results.
Simply knowing who you want to be your mentor isn’t enough. People are just as busy, if not busier, than you are. So, why should they invest their time into you?
“If you can provide concrete evidence that you’re serious, your chances of getting help increase dramatically. To earn the title of serious, start with these tips:
“Learn everything you can about your field of interest.