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3 Reasons Why You Need a Mentor

We’ve all been stuck before. Stuck on an idea that just won’t come together. Stuck on a problem that we just can’t seem to find a solution to. Stuck in a pattern that no matter what we try we can’t break free from.

Getting stuck isn’t a sign that we’re broken, unqualified, or on the wrong path. It’s part of the human condition. It’s universal. Everybody gets stuck.

Maybe you’ve heard “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

This African Proverb reminds us that life is not a sprint, but more of an ultra-marathon. In a sprint nobody gets stuck. But in a distance race we will undoubtedly hit moments where we need some support.

If our lives have any hope of reaching their full and glorious potential, we need help.

Which is why we need mentors!

The mentorship relationship is unique. A mentor is not a coach looking to implement a strategy to achieve a goal, or a role model that we admire from afar.

Mentors are people who understand that our greatest contribution in life is not in what we accomplish but rather in who we inspire and what they, in turn, will accomplish.


You will discover and believe what you can become. Great mentors will also give you tools to help you get there.

You will finally have a map for the journey that you're on, allowing you to always have proper sense of perspective and place. You will know where you are, why you’re there, and what to do about it.

Your ideas will be heard, vetted, and developed. Your bad ideas will get reworked, repurposed or thrown out. Your great ideas will be developed into life-changing outcomes.


Discovering and believing what you can become

When your thought life is healthy it will be full of hopeful possibilities for the future. Dreams of what your life could look like. Having these thoughts is not only evidence of a healthy inner world, but it is also proof that you have untapped potential within you.

Mentors are those who not only choose to see this potential but actively take part in seeing the potential realized.

Great mentors choose to see you by what could become, not by what you haven’t done or by where you’ve failed. Their belief in you is often the spark that you need to believe too that your dreams can become reality.

Great mentors are active participants in your journey. They aren’t distant influences in our lives. They are active and engaged in you becoming who you (and they) believe you can be. When a mentor gives you their time, energy, ideas, and questions they are giving you the tools you need to succeed.


A map for your journey

When we lose sense of where we are in our journey, we can either begin to backtrack or stop all together. Great mentors help us keep taking steps forward but giving us sense of perspective and of place.

We need a sense of perspective because we can often become confused about what is going on with our lives. Their experience in life, and belief in you, will help reorient you when you’ve lost perspective.

At the same time, they also give an idea of place.

...Is this the right place to be?

...Should I be further along in my journey than I am?

...I thought I would be more successful by now.

Mentors aren’t swayed by the pressures you feel to be more than you currently are. They aren’t frustrated that you haven’t accomplished more. They believe in you and where you are going.

Great mentors give you a map for the journey that you're on, allowing you to always have proper sense of perspective and place. With their help you will know where you are, why you’re there, and what to do about it.


Turn your ideas into life-changing outcomes

Some ideas are bad, others are just undeveloped. Knowing the difference is difficult to tell when we live in a vacuum. Great mentors hear out your ideas. Bad ideas get reworked or repurposed when they can. Other times a mentor will tell you throw out the bad idea and move on to the next one.

Great mentors are honest and caring enough to help you see when an idea isn’t the most effective way for you to contribute. When you, like everyone else, have an idea that stinks they are the ones who help you see it, throw it out, and move on to the next one.

For all your other ideas, they will help you refine and develop them until they become, the life-changing outcomes you know they can be.

Can you see it now?

You need a mentor!

It’s time you discover and believe what you can become. A mentor will give you a map for the journey and turn ideas into outcomes.

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