The Power of Mentorship

During the past couple of decades sharing with people just like you—achievers who want more out of life—I’ve been surprised by how many people don’t consider the value of a teacher, coach or mentor once their formal education is finished.

Oftentimes I see that my top clients enthusiastically help younger colleagues, but the value of seeking a mentor for themselves escapes them. A mentor can help you expand your perspective and grow your understanding of the world and your potential in ways you simply can’t on your own. Let’s talk about the four greatest rewards that come from having a mentor.

Awareness: When you don’t know what you don’t know, you can’t expand your thinking. A mentor can see what you are missing and show you new ways to think.

Skills: A mentor can teach you new ways to do things or bring about changes to increase your efficiency and ability.

Processes: Often someone with more or different experience has developed systems (formal or informal) to help him get results.

Tools: Your neighbor probably has different tools in his garage than the ones you have in yours. A mentor can share her shortcuts and connections with you.

To find a mentor, look for someone older than you who has been where you want to go. This person will often want to pour knowledge back into someone. You could also consider paying an executive coach to take things to a truly accelerated level.


Tony Jeary is an author, executive coach and presentation strategist. Jeary has published more than three dozen books about making presentations and strategic effectiveness. He coaches the world's top executives from companies such as Wal-Mart, Ford, New York Life and Texaco.

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