If you are someone who is dedicated to personal growth, you will always be learning from many people in many places. Occasionally, you will have an opportunity to be mentored on an ongoing basis by an individual. This usually happens because you go looking for the help. Good mentors seldom find you as they are usually very busy. You need to search for one and ask them to walk along side you and mentor you.
Being mentored by someone who is successful in your area of interest has great value. However, let me give you some advice as you look for and approach a mentor. If you find a potential mentor, know that the following are your responsibility:
- Be hungry to learn and grow
- Be assertive and aggressive, not passive
- Possess a teachable spirit
- Always be prepared for the time you get with your mentor
- Set the agenda by asking great questions
- Demonstrate how you’ve learned from your time together
- Be accountable for what you have learned
As someone who had mentored a lot of people, here are what I believe the responsibilities of a mentor are. My responsibility to the people I mentor is to add value. My goal is always to help them to become more than they are, not to try to make them something they’re not. These are the areas I focus on:
- Track record
- Support, resources, connections
- Game plan
For each of these areas, think about what specific contribution you can offer to the person you are mentoring.
In one case I heard of, during the start of the second meeting with the mentor, the one being mentored said:
- Here’s what I asked
- Here’s what you shared
- Here’s what I did
- Now can I ask more questions?
This situation would be a mentor’s delight.
Every person who can help you is not necessarily the right person to help you. You must pick and choose. And so must they. Your goal should be to find a fit that is mutually beneficial for both mentor and mente