What is a Mentor?

Fri, Jan 14, 2011

Featured, Mentorship, What is Mentorship

As we go through the “What Next” phase of life, it’s easy to get lost in the challenges and struggles right in front of us.  So often, we can’t see the resources, connections and opportunities that are surrounding us—but just out of reach.  What if we had a trusted advisor with a 10,000 foot view of the path we were traveling?

Mentors empower us to see ourselves from a higher perspective and navigate the day-to-day challenges that we can’t see beyond.  They reflect a new perspective back to us, based on their experience of having “been there, done that”.  Goals and accountability are two of the fundamental pillars of a mentorship—supporting you to tangibly move forward into the next stage of whatever you’re up against.

My definition of a “mentor” is: someone whose relationship with you empowers you to accomplish your goal(s) by reflecting on your situation and providing perspective and strategies to overcome your challenges by sharing their knowledge and experience.

Mentorship is fluid and means something a bit different to each of us.  I’d love if you’d share your definition in the comments below…

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