Mentoring isn’t a relationship, it’s an inheritance. The generous and wise people who take a real interest in our aspirations and encourage our goals and dreams, that’s a priceless asset.
I’ve been fortunate to have a galaxy of mentors over the years. Teachers, family members, coaches, advisors, guides, therapists, professors and industry veterans, all of whom saw something in me that somebody once saw in them, generously took me under their wing and shaped me into the person I am today. And I couldn’t be more grateful for their support and guidance.
What’s interesting is, none of these people became fixtures in my life because I waited quietly for the perfect mentor to arrive and guide me in the development of my craft. I sought them out. I aligned myself with their work. I strategically positioned my brand to show up on their radars. I ingratiated myself to them in a respectful, honest, personal and creative way. And I put their name up in lights whenever I achieved something worthwhile.
What’s more, I learned how to make myself mentorable. I received mentoring at a time when I was capable of listening in a way I probably no longer am. I was in a place of alignment where I was able to accept their gifts.
That’s the way the mentoring process works is. We only get what we are prepared to receive.
And so, there has to be something about us that allows great mentoring to happen. If we’re not the right person, in the right place, at the right time, with the right attitude, we may not even show up on their radars in the first place.
Timing isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.
If you were starting your career over again, in what area would you want more mentoring?
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