Having a mentor to guide you in your career, hobby or life will prove much more valuable than any product/service you may ever buy in your life. Finding a mentor for yourself, who will have a genuine interest to see you move ahead is of high importance. So it is important for you to know a few things before you start your search for a mentor. Read through this list o’ 5 to know those things.
- Be clear about your interests/goals: Clarity about your goals and interests shall give confidence to your prospective mentor in you. If you feel like it, write down your interests. Be as clear and precise as you possibly can;
- Think of attributes you want in your mentor: There may be many individuals who could possibly be your mentor(s), but not all may be suitable for you. Why is that? Not all may relate to your personality, your character. Some may be aggressive in their approach, some may be laid back. It is upon you to understand and decide what kind of a mentor you want for yourself;
- Be prepared to answer questions: When you approach someone to be your mentor, be prepared to answer any and all questions they may have for you before they take you under their wing. Questions like ‘Why do you want to do what you want to do?’, ‘Do you think you have what it takes?’, ‘Are you planning to pursue this for the long run, or is this a passing fancy?’ etc;
- What are you bringing to the table?: Mentorship leads to you still learning the ropes of your chosen activity/interest from your mentor. This causes usage of your mentor’s most precious asset: time. There may be a question/concern about what are you bringing to the table? As in, are you providing any value to the mentor or to the chosen activity/interest (as in, bringing advancement to that chosen interest/activity, etc). Once you know what you are bringing to the table, your mentor will see more confidence in you and your request. So know for sure what you are bringing to the table, and mention this during your correspondence with prospective mentor(s);
- Have patience: Pestering someone to mentor you in your chosen activity/interest won’t get you anywhere. Those who you find worthy enough of mentoring you are already a pedestal higher than your current situation (why else would you want him/her to mentor you?). Have patience and give such prospective individuals time to think and respond to your request.
Good luck in your search, and thank you for reading!