The rulebook for growth: Get a mentor to supercharge you to the top

Every great achiever is inspired by a great mentor – Lailah Gifty Akita.

One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination — John C. Maxwell.

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another — The Bible.

Mentors are there to say, ‘Look, it’s not that tough. It’s not as hard as you think. Here are some guidelines and things I have gone through to get to where I am in my career’ — Joe Jonas.

The quotes you read here are from renowned people and sources. The common denominator in all of them is the fact that getting a mentor is a road you must take if you want to get the best out of yourself.

Mentors are life coaches – in flesh and blood

It is easy to sit back and read a book about entrepreneurship or personal development or leadership. There are plenty of them out there. You can as well listen to motivational speakers and coaches. They are great and I will recommend them any time.

However, finding a mentor, goes beyond all of that. Mentors are real-life people who have achieved and are there to guide you through your own path to success.

They act as life coaches, friends, brothers, leaders, parents, business executives, etc., and they, by the experience they have, help you up the ladder of accomplishments with their advice and guidance. 

To be honest, you need one ASAP!

Getting a mentor – questions to ask yourself

Getting a mentor to some people is a lot of work. They don’t know how to go about it and they shy away from trying. If that’s your case, I’ll take the liberty of presenting simple questions you should ask yourself to help you get a clear idea on who your mentor might be and why you should take their leading.

Who do I want to be like? This is a simple yet deep question. It is easy to mention several names off the top of your head because of some things that you like about them. But getting down to the real business of looking for a mentor who will truly help you drive the growth you seek, you must dig down the crust to find the gold among the many people you look up to.

Doing this requires you stare starkly into your life and ask yourself the hard question of who in life do you truly want to be like.

What must I do to be like my mentor? Another question that looks easy on the surface but difficult to follow. Your mentor has a unique story and experience to share with you. And their story is not usually about days out at the beach, glasses overrunning with champagne. Their experiences are cut out of hard choices and tough conditions. Bear that in mind.

How can I meet my mentor? If you haven’t already met your mentor, ask yourself how and where you can find them. Your mentor has their favorite hangout and network. Write to them, request an audience, be there when they call and be courageous.

Wrap up:

Mentors are there as lights to your path in life. Many of them are willing to share their invaluable experience and ideas. Get one ASAP!

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