The Magic of Mentoring
Mentoring requires you to be real, but that’s not a bad thing. Mentoring is pretty easy too. At times, it’s support or a nudge forward. Sometimes it’s a point-of-view or clearing of the air to move things forward. Sometimes it’s a friend or colleague offering insight to a persons blind spot. Sometimes it’s just a conversation over lunch or dinner that jars something loose and shifts a persons thinking. Other times it’s a referral or a suggestion to speak to someone new. Sometimes it’s giving something tangible or intellectual without strings attached. Sometimes its a promise to get others involved because you know you can. Sometimes it’s working for someone else pro bono when you could charge for it. Sometimes you don’t even think about it, you just roll up your sleeves and help.
Mentoring pays it forward, moves other people, ideas and things forward, and generates good will. Plant your seeds of knowledge, kindness and interest in someone else and watch them grow. Be generous with your time, knowledge, and resources and you will live a happy and full life.
All this may sound a bit like a fortune cookie, but trust me, give yourself to others and you will get it back in abundance. Giving someone cash is a transaction, giving a person your time, knowledge, consideration, guidance, and attention is a priceless investment in someones life.
If you aren’t mentoring, you should be.
(originally posted on 409news.com by Justin McCullough – leader4hire)