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There is a natural tendency to assume that just because we say or send something to someone that they hear or read it in the way in which it was intended. But if you ever played the game “telephone” as a child, then you know how easy it is for communications to be misheard or misinterpreted.

Simple words or phrases like “fifteen” may be heard as “fifty.” And in some industries, like healthcare, ineffective communication can be the difference between life and death.

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A mentor is one of the most valuable resources in your personal development toolbox. 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. Here are 8 benefits to inviting a mentor into your life.

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