Most of us think of a mentor as someone who is excelling in the career we have chosen. It is possible, though, that a mentor could be someone that has absolutely nothing to do with your career path. Here are a few tips to find mentorship in the most unlikely places.
First things first, let’s clear up a common misconception: we often think a mentor should be older than we are, but that’s not necessarily true. A mentor is anyone who can teach us something about ourselves and about life. It might be the most junior person at your company. Keep your mind open. Mentorship can take many forms.
It’s also important to remember that you will likely have several mentors throughout your life—one person can’t do it all. So, instead of searching for someone who checks every box, try to find a mentor for each area of your life that you’d like to focus on. That means one person can be your “stay present” mentor, one can be your “get rich” mentor and one can be your “get fit” mentor. Seek wisdom from a variety of sources.
Lastly, take chances! Take chances on how you reach out and who you consider. Mentorship doesn’t have to be a formal gig. Find people you respect through social media and follow them! You’ll get nuggets of advice multiple times a day. Connecting with someone online has more potential than you might think.
Speaking of having more potential than you think...stop and ask yourself “who is a person who really makes your blood boil?” Painful as it may be to accept, there could be some jealousy at work there. Get to know your nemesis a little bit better. You may find there’s a good chance they possess some quality that you wish you had.
The bottom line is mentorship can be what you make it: formal, personal, professional. The point is—we all benefit from it. So reach out and get ready to reach new heights with a team of mentors at your side.