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Happy Sunday! This Memphis heat is HOTTTT! Over the last couple of days, some aspect of mentoring has been on the minds of many. Whether it’s been in a conversation with a client, or mentoring a mentee close to me, I highly recommend mentorship. Regardless of your age or background, mentoring or having a mentor, is a rewarding experience for all.
I have been mentoring youth and adults for many, many years. I also have a mentor or two, that I trust in providing positive, healthy direction in many aspects of my life. Mentoring is a relationship between two individuals, with a mutual desire for development towards career goals, personal growth and objectives. Seek out a mentor with vast knowledge, expertise and exemplifies the level of skill set needed. Be selective in choosing a mentor. The focus should always be to assist one in developing their own strategies and skills to become effective.
What are some of the benefits of mentoring or having a mentor? Glad you asked!
M: Motivation. Motivation comes from being self-confident. If you are not confident in yourself, you will not have the drive or motivation to push towards your goals, dreams or overcome barriers.
E: Excitement/Energy. Your excitement or energy will either decrease or increase your level of expectancy. Having a great mentor will push you forward towards your goals.
N: NO is not an answer. You will strive to remove “NO” out of your vocabulary. NO is not an option. Being open to change, opportunites and growth is investing in YOU.
T: Trust. If you are mentoring someone, they trust you. Without trust, the mentor-mentee relationship will fade. Building trust is key to successful relationships. Get to know your mentor or mentee. Learn and share experiences and challenges.
O: Opportunities. Opportunites are important as you evolve and grow. Mentoring is an opportunity, you should not take for granted. Connecting and networking with youth and adults allows for nurturing relationships to evolve and grow. Establish short and long-term goals
R: Responsibility. Whether you are the mentor or the mentee, responsibilities within a mentorship is important. Clearly define each role to ensure effectiveness. Be open to feedback and remember we all have different needs, strengths and challenges.
Mentoring is important. If you are struggling with mentorship or have questions, please visit my website at http://www.sherillrdavis.com and send me a contact form. I would love to speak with you!