In a previous post, we talked about how a mentor can help you get you further faster.
Today I want to give you a checklist of some do’s as you work to find a mentor.
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The do’s of finding a mentor
- Choose wisely
- Choosing a mentor should not be a task that is taken lightly. I believe that if you choose the wrong one, it could actually set you back and at the least waste both of your time.
- Choose a mentor for a specific purpose
- Don’t just walk up to someone you want to mentor you and say will you mentor me. That is way too broad of a request. You need to have a specific goal in mind. Do you want to improve in finances, business, ethics, decision-making, writing, speaking, or spiritually. When you have a specific goal in mind it will also help you find the best mentor for that.
- Honor their time
- When you ask someone to give you their time, even if you are paying them, you should do whatever you can to respect their time. Be on time, better yet, be early. Leave on time, unless they ask you to keep going past the time that was agreed upon.
- Be prepared
- Don’t walk into the meeting with empty hands. You should have something to write with and something to write on. You should also have some questions that you would like to work through. This shouldn’t be that hard because the reason you wanted a mentor in the first place is because you had doubts and unanswered questions.
- Give them results
- One of the best ways you can follow-up with your mentor is by giving the feedback on how their mentoring is helping you. Tell them how you applied what they taught you and how it has affected their lives. Mentoring need encouragement and they also need to know that they are being helpful.
- Do what they ask
- This might seem like a no-brainer, but I’ll say it just in case. If they ask you to do something you need to do it. The reason you needed a mentor is because you needed someone to give you advice that would help you get where you wanted to be. So when they ask you to do something, it’s because they know it will help you do just that.
You can’t do it alone
It will get you further faster
- Proverbs 13:20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
Don’t try to do it alone. God has placed people all around you that you can learn from.