Growth Through Mentorship
Finding the Right Mentor
We all need mentors. They are those that have gone before us, and they can help us to become better. They can impart their wisdom, and allow us to learn from their mistakes without making those same mistakes ourselves. A mentor can save you a lot of heartache.
The problem, however, is that we are all busy. It’s hard to sit down even a couple times each month with someone and pick their brain on business, parenting, goals, dreams, and life in general. Fortunately, we don’t have to. We don’t even have to leave our own living rooms.
I’m not talking about calling them on the phone, or Facetiming them. I’m talking about learning through the written word. Your mentor can train you without ever meeting you. Here are some of the ways I have been trained lately.
Reshaping my Mindset
One of the most recent books I read has helped me to understand the world I’m looking at. “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Dr. Carol Dweck is a great look into our world views. In essence, how do you view failure? Is it a permanent reflection of who you are, or an indication of the ways in which you need to grow? Are you a failure or a learner?
Learning about Systems and Procedures
I wish I had read “The E-Myth Revisited” by Michael Gerber before I started my own business. It would have prevented a lot of frustration, and I could have learned a lot from this mentor. Instead, I hit the ground running and figure it out along the way. As a result, I stumbled through things that should have been a breeze, and I had to do a lot more work to go back and revamp what was already done.
Taking time to Sit and Think
Americans are getting stupider. And I’m a firm believer it’s because we no longer think for ourselves. Instead of taking time out of our day to simply be still and think, we’re constantly on our phones, watching TV, texting, scrolling Facebook, and looking for outside sources of stimulation. “Thinking for a Change” by John Maxwell opened my eyes to understanding why I need to think.
Sometimes mentorship can come through fictional characters. At least that’s what I got from the book “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman. The character is grouchy, and for good reason. He’s bent on taking his own life. The book explores why he reacts, takes into account the power of relationships, and can help you see yourself (and others) in a new way that provides value to your life.
Who Are Your Mentors?
There are tons of great books out there. There are tons of inspirational thought leaders. But where do you get started? I was recently asked to provide my input on a huge post about self-help books. If you’re looking for something new, something inspirational, someone that can be your mentor, check out the authors that people chose to say provided them with inspiration.
Who are your mentors? What have you learned from them?