Changing lives of others through genuine care, respect, and understanding
Many of us believe that we can be great mentors to others, simply because we have necessary education or set of skills and experience. However, being a great, true mentor requires so much more than base education and experience mentioned earlier.
Many of us can receive education base and knowledge in a particular field by attending school or completing specific educational courses on our own, thereby, becoming subject matter experts in that what we choose to study. Then, through regular practice over a period of time we acquire experience which we can, with pride, include on our professional resumes. However, completing all activities mentioned earlier does not necessarily make us a great mentor to others. Because, mentorship is not how we see ourselves, but how people around us see us. Do they view us as a true mentor, whom they deeply respect as a leader and mentor, and seek guidance and support, or do they view us as educated individual with many years of experience, but not someone who they view as a mentor, not someone they look up to and have immense amount of trust and respect in? Many of us fall into a latter definition, but very few of us fall into former definition and view of a true mentor.
True mentor genuinely and deeply cares about others, and not just us an individual, but also every member of our immediate family. Their genuine care is reflected not in words, but in actions. Things that they do for us every day to support, motivate, inspire and lift us up when we need it the most without being asked. They help and support others simply because they care, and true mentors never expect anything in return. Our success, happiness, and wellbeing are the biggest reward for a true, great mentor and a leader. Great mentors often orchestrate behind the scenes, helping us to succeed without us even knowing. However, what they do not realize is that we know who they are, and that we are deeply thankful to them for everything that they do for us. Naturally, throughout our lives, we find our true mentors without any promotion or advertisement on their part. We meet them in the place of business, in school we attend, in social events we participate in. Don’t look for shiny, prestigious diplomas mounted on the office walls, or luxurious offices filled with various achievement rewards and trophies when selecting a mentor, instead look inside of them, uncovering who they really are. Ask yourself if you would trust your future and your professional career into the hands of a specific individual leader and a mentor? Does he or she truly care about you, your success, your goals and aspiration and, of course, your family, through their actions, not their words? If the answer is ‘yes’ to all the questions listed earlier, then you may have found your true, great mentor.
I wish you the best from the bottom of my heart to find your true mentor, who can help you build a roadmap and plan towards your success as you see it in your mind and replay it over and over in your dreams.
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