***Its unbelievable many people don’t know this!***
A local adage says “he who doesn’t know how his mates succeed run aimlessly”.
Do you have a goal you want to achieve or a dream that you want to bring to reality?
Do you know someone who has achieved something similar to your goals and dreams in a way that inspires you?
Do you know how to go about it?
If your answer to the first and second question is YES, your answer to the third question is staring at you – you only need to look closely. That ‘someone’ in the second question is a potential mentor.
A mentor is someone whose life pattern motivates a deliberate action to learn and develop. I can also say a mentor is someone whose achievement creates an attraction to achieve same feet at least! They are individuals whose achievements have become a yardstick to measure success.
It takes two to tangle; if we are to relate this to who a mentor is we can say, without someone to put you through on something you want to achieve it is practically impossible to achieve them.
Mentors are more like a template, they make life easier, easier because, you make lesser mistakes, they help you identify possible setbacks in your strategies/plans, they open your minds to new ideas; identify opportunities for growth and personal development. They are your ‘guardian angel’.
“He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.”
So, who needs a mentor?
- Teens & Youth
These sets of people are critically in need of a mentor. At their age, most of the life experiences are new. They are at the age where they make life-defining choices, from the choice of course of study to goal setting, talent development, interpersonal relationship, self-discovery, amongst others are important stages of life where they need guidance.
Some elite schools do have a department whose job is to discover and nurture talents. Few teachers/instructors also take a keen interest in exceptional students; they help to keep them in check when they are not doing well.
Several students with enormous potential have gone without fulfilling their potentials because they were not able to get a mentor to lead them aright, while others were not open to the idea of getting someone who could see them a prospect. Instead, they are often guided by their environment and peer pressure.
Our team of advisers from different works of life are available to provide professional assistance for anyone who needs it. We now live in an age where the youths and teenagers determine what goes on around us, technological advancement in almost every facet of life tells the story of the influence the youth now have in the world.
The word professional is broad, there are different perspectives to explain the word. For this subject, let’s say the professionals here are engineers, doctors and nurses, laboratory scientist, lecturers, lawyers, bankers and accountants.
It doesn’t matter how good your grades were as an undergraduate, neither does it matter if you graduated top of your class! To get the best for your career get a mentor, every skilled individual needs one!
Look at this:
In a five year study of 1000 employees (Gartner 2006):
• 25% of employees who enrolled in a mentoring program had a salary grade change, compared to only 5% of workers who did not participate
• Mentees are promoted five times more often than those not in a mentoring program
• Retention rates were higher for both mentees (22% more) and mentors (20% more) than for employees who did not participate in a mentoring program.
You have to realize that real-life experience of practising what you have learnt has another learning curve on its own. Some of us call it “practical experience”, you won’t get this experience if you are not humble enough to listen to the advice of someone who has experience, you get confidence at doing what you love doing when you have the trust of your mentor, the better you become, the more your mentor commits to your hands, and in so doing you also become a mentor to others.
You can have as much as 10 mentors but each should not be offering the same kind of advice, you can have a spiritual mentor, a career/business mentor and life mentor/coach. If you want to build a successful career as a professional you need a mentor!
Artisans are individuals who are skilled in a trade, they mostly work with their hands, and in local parlance, we refer artisans to people with ‘hand-work’. Artisans need to undergo an apprenticeship, which is a form of mentoring. Since work is progressive, they need to upgrade their skills and seek the counsel of a mentor even when they graduate from the apprenticeship program.
For instance, fashion designing has evolved, with more creativity and sophisticated pieces of machinery used, it not strange that some of the old generations tailors now struggle to cope with the creativity of the younger generator.
A mentor is quick to suggest a way you can improve your skill to conform to the trend.
Who else needs a mentor?
Everyone should have a mentor, in the words of James-Reed, “you are never too powerful or successful to have one and they can benefit you at any age”. Oprah Winfrey, one of the most celebrated black woman named a childhood teacher called Mrs Duncan as one of her most important mentors. She explained how Mrs Duncan encouraged her to embrace her intelligence and not be afraid of it. She credited the teacher for a large chunk of her success, due to the part she played in encouraging her to love learning.
Despite the many benefits that come from having a mentor, won’t it be unbelievable if you do not embrace it?