The Power of Mentorship — The Spark for Igniting Your Influence

The Power of Mentorship — The Spark for Igniting Your Influence

To grow requires going beyond what you know, what you are comfortable and familiar with and even what you have learned from any lived experiences you have had. This will test you by asking you to go outside your comfort zone which can get un-comfort-able. But know that you don’t have to make the journey alone. If your deepest desire is to be of influence and to make a difference in the world, I highly encourage you to reach out and explore any opportunities to participate in a mentorship experience. I believe that mentorship is one of the greatest investments you can ever make in both your personal and professional development for how it can ignite and influence your growth and fast-track the results you desire for yourself.  The greatest leaders and athletes of our generation have mentors they work with and rely on. I have experienced mentorship from the position of both mentee and mentor and know firsthand the value this practice and process can create. Mentorship can help give you permission, confidence, the push, the hand that you need to take the next step, leap, or jump. It is important to remember that what you need in mentorship will evolve with the phases and stages of your life and career path so it is possible and natural that you will have several mentoring relationships as you grow. Every mentor you have will provide you with a different tool, technique, lesson, or insight from their experience. Some of these may be immediately life changing for you to put into practice, some may not, others may not resonate with you in the moment, but down the road will become increasingly valuable. Caring and compassion are always integral to the mentor/mentee relationship. It is a two ways street or partnership. As a mentee you need to care about yourself, have a desire to MO’ve forward in your work and life, and respect your mentor’s experience and advice–even if what they tell you may be difficult to understand and implement. As a mentor, it is important you care about and are compassionate with your mentee. Remember how you felt when you were at their stage in your own career, business, and life and what can you do to help them in as considerate and compassionate a manner. The power of investing in yourself in the present through mentorship will help you pay it forward in the future. This is how ripples of influence are created. What I mean by this is that you will learn the value of mentorship by being mentored and what you learn as a mentee can serve you to mentor others. So how does one find mentorship opportunities? The best way to do this is to put yourself out there by going into new spaces – including virtual spaces. I encourage those looking for opportunities to surround themselves with the average of those who ‘lift you up’ (versus bring your average down). You want to “be in the room” with these kinds of people who will help elevate your energy, motivation, confidence, competence, and drive. Those who rise become stronger from the collective energy and strengths of others.  It is about lifting each other up. The power of connection is the greatest power we have at this time because while a pandemic can separate us physically nothing