what is mentoring?
What is mentoring? It’s simply a relationship in which an experienced individual helps a less experienced person develop the agreed upon skills and obtain knowledge to help improve the overall quality of life.
Mentoring is extremely helpful when the relationship between the mentor and you is based upon mutual trust and respect. In fact, having a mentor is like having a friend who cares about you and your well-being. It’s like having a personal and private cheerleader who’s always available and always on your side.
Mentoring usually starts off with pre-arranged amount of time for you to work with a mentor, after which you may decide to continue with your mentor in less formal and on “as needed” basis.
Benefits of Mentoring
Here are 3 benefits of mentoring that can improve your life:
- Sharing tools, resources, and networks for personal and professional/ academic development
- Challenging you to recognize your comfort zone and then move away from it
- Having access to a support system in times of concern
- Identifying your skill gaps
Mentors rely upon a high level of emotional intelligence to help guide you in a direction that’s right for you. Understanding your position and where you’re coming from is essential for good results.
The aim of mentoring is to help you believe in yourself and boost your self-confidence.
It’s about heightening your self-awareness, learning about the benefits of taking responsibility for your life and steering your life in the direction you decide, rather than leaving it to chance. After all, your life isn’t based on luck. When it comes to the game of life, what you put in is what you’ll get out.
Take action and put only quality and value into your life.[quote]Having a mentor gives me extra confidence to go forth with my decisions. And to face challenges[/quote]