It’s been shown time and again that the right kind of relationship will change the life of not only the mentee, but the mentor as well. Now more than ever, meeting new people and expanding your network and social capital opens doors and leads to valuable opportunities. So yeah, mentorship matters. Here are some of our favorite reasons why:
YOU CAN'T GO IT ALONE
Find me one person who has achieved any high level of success completely by herself. The strongest leaders, executives, and athletes know they never would have made it to the top without the help of many others. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness. Rather, it demonstrates a self-awareness found in those who understand that while they may be brilliant, there are always things to learn and there will always be room to improve. Whether it comes in the form of one meeting or an ongoing relationship, a great mentor can be a great teammate to give you a high five when you score or pick you up when you fall short.
The second thing I did after I decided to train for a marathon was to find a training partner. It’s so much easier to follow through on something when there is someone else invested and right there with you. Having someone to discuss your goals, dreams, and aspirations with makes them more real and forces you to put plan into action to achieve those things. When they stay floating around in your head, they’re not always realized. A mentor can act as a sounding board but also someone to check in with and make sure you’re taking positive steps toward advancing your career, personal goals, etc. Much like a training partner, a mentor demands you show up every day and bring your best self.
KNOW SOMEBODY THAT KNOWS FIVE OTHER PEOPLE
Everyone tells you to network, to put yourself out there and strike up a conversation with a stranger. They say “you never know who you will meet.” Most people enter these situations hoping to meet their future boss or coworker but in reality, the chance of meeting someone who is doing exactly what you want to do or has an available position that you fit perfectly is rare. Most of the time, the person you meet will know someone else or even several other people who can help you. Ask them to introduce you. Nine times out of ten, they're happy to help! These loose connections often turn into the biggest leads for your career and personal growth.
PASS IT ON
Mentorship is a practice that has been around for over 3,000 years. It is how wisdom is passed down. It’s the vehicle for how we as humans share ideas and make progress as a society. Mentoring is the process that keeps on giving. As you continue to grow athletically, professionally, and personally, lend a hand. It will be one of the most rewarding experiences you could ever have.