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8 Benefits of Having a Mentor

A mentor is one of the most valuable resources in your personal development toolbox. 

Mentors can guide, support and advise you.  Often, they use their own personal experience, knowledge and understanding to help you improve and grow. 

No matter what your profession – celebrity, high level executive, stay at home mom or student – if you aspire for something greater and want to become the best version of yourself, then you can greatly benefit by having a mentor. 

Some of the most successful people in the world have acknowledged the impact or value mentorship has had on their ability to experience success and fulfillment. 

Oprah Winfrey met Maya Angelou back in the 1970’s, when Winfrey was just beginning her career.  Seeking a way to grow her business and build her network, Winfrey reached out to Angelou for advice and guidance on building trust and relationships.  Now an icon in her own right, Winfrey has experienced accomplishments such as having the highest rated TV show of its kind in history as well as being the Chairman and CEO of a successful cable network, founding a magazine, creating her own film production company and countless other achievements including leading philanthropic causes and launching organizations. 

In terms of mentorship, Oprah has shared on multiple occasions that she wouldn’t be where she is today without advice and guidance from Maya Angelou.   

When you couple your drive and ambition alongside a mentor, the opportunity to accelerate your growth and achieve your goals is exponentially increased!

Here are 8 benefits to inviting a mentor into your life:

1. Support your growth

A mentor will encourage your personal and/or professional development.  Mentors nurture forward progress, inspire you to take action and consider additional perspectives.

2. Increase your knowledge

Mentors have already been there and done that.  They house a stockpile of wisdom, collected from previous experiences over time – the good, the bad, the ugly – and those learnings are now yours for the taking…soak it up like a sponge!  Mentors will often be able to direct you to valuable and relevant information, providing a straightforward path to further resources.

3. Build your network

Mentors can serve as connectors.  Their vast network tends to be filled with industry professionals as well as high quality personal relationships.  A mentor can provide exposure to connections for greater opportunities.

4. Grow your confidence

Whether it is the wisdom gained or expanded perspective provided, it’s likely you will experience an increased level of confidence from working with a mentor.

5. Maintain an accountability structure

Staying on track as you pursue your goals can be challenging.  A mentor can help you remain accountable to your objectives by tracking your progress through routine check ins. 

6. Acquire feedback

Mentors are objective.  They offer constructive feedback based on facts, not personal feelings, which highlights meaningful areas of improvement designed to move you forward.  No judgement, just observations based on realities.  Everyone needs feedback to be successful.

7. Gain a confidant

Trust is one of the most important factors in any relationship.  The trust that you build with your mentor will foster honest and open communication.  Mentors can serve as a trusted ally which is especially important when dealing with more sensitive topics.

8. Inspiration to pay it foward

As you experience your own personal development and achieve your goals, others are watching and becoming inspired.  Having been mentored, you may feel more inclined to share your lessons learned, guidance and wisdom with someone whom you believe can benefit – and find yourself with a mentee.

The benefits of being mentored are endless and carry on long after the goals are achieved.

Securing yourself a trusted mentor provides the opportunity to accelerate and sustain personal growth while building a valuable, meaningful relationship – and hopefully one that inspires you to pay it forward with a mentee of your own one day!