What If You Didn’t Have a Mentor?
Imagine that you want to move up to a more rewarding but challenging position. Or enhance your visibility and reputation in an organization. Or make a lateral move that requires skills you don’t have right now. Or change careers altogether. Or begin a career. Or choose between different and competing options?
Having someone who is not your boss and who really wants you to succeed in life can be SO helpful.
Without such a person in your corner, it is harder to build up your skill kit; polish your resume; test your ideas; anticipate changes in a particular industry; or take advantage of experience-based listening and guidance. Life without a genuine mentor is definitely more difficult.
At the same time, life WITH a good mentor can speed your progress; uncover talents you were not aware you possessed; answer questions that can clarify your thinking and action steps; develop your creativity and confidence in problem-prevention and problem-solving; and affirm you as a person interested in life-long learning and positive growth.
Why wouldn’t EVERYONE seek out a few good mentors along the way? Whether the mentoring is formal or informal, life with a mentor has a great deal to recommend it!