Mentors/Sponsors/Teachers

At any age, it doesn’t matter how long you have been working, we believe that it is very beneficial to have people you can turn to for advice. If you believe that you are too old to be taught or too old to learn from mentors, I worry. Who are mentors/sponsors /teachers, and equally as important, who are not (I am going to use the term mentor but there is a very solid argument to looking for sponsors instead – we will tackle that difference in another post)? I think a lot of people try to assume that somebody more senior than one’s self can be considered a mentor.  While the level of seniority usually denotes the experience that the individual has, it’s not necessarily always true. We believe that the best way to access mentors is to first understand where you want to go and look for someone on that path to work with. So first, figure out where you want to go. We believe, to find a good mentor, find somebody that emulates, epitomizes where it is that you want to go. Do you want to be an all-star center in basketball? Or do you want to be the number one trader on Bay Street? Or do you want to be a teacher of Grade 8 students? Whatever it happens to be, you then need to do some research as to who has been successful in that space. They may be retired. There may be others that are currently battling the same experiences you are and there may be people who are in a role currently that you want to get into. Equally so, mentors may be people who are not currently in your professional space. They may be individuals who exemplify characteristics that you would like to try to emulate or skills that you would like to try and build. Maybe it is to someone who’s a great public speaker or somebody who is a great role model or somebody who is fantastic at remembering people’s names. You might want to put them in different buckets where they might be considered teachers or mentors… More on this in a later post.

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