Be it our marriage, our finances or our own personal achievement, having a mentor can be an invaluable way to navigate to our full potential.
Eleanor is right, as we just don't have time to learn the hard way with everything. Yet we can make the time to engage a wise counselor, someone who may not tell us exactly what to do, but who can shine a light on what is possible for us to do, and sometimes it’s right there in front of us.
We just need that mentor to show us what we are too close to see ourselves. Like reading the label from inside the Jar, we just can’t do it on our own.
In a way, mentorship is just like parenting. If you’re a parent, then you've likely had someone parent you. It’s just the way parenting works. You can have a parent and be a parent at the same time.
The same holds true for mentoring. We can benefit from mentorship in two ways.
First, pick an area of your life that you would like to improve and then seek guidance from someone you admire in that area. Then Pay It Forward by keeping your radar up for someone that is open to your wisdom. You’ll get to experience the other side of the coin, and may be surprised how fulfilling it can be to be a mentor yourself.
Jay Stark, B.COMM., CFP
Certified Financial Planner