Friday, September 26, 2008

Who Have Been Your Mentors?

During the course of our life, there have been individuals who have been mentors to us. Since they can include relatives, friends, employers, teachers, clergy, and others, sometimes we may not think of them in those terms. There are places in life where we have mentors assigned, but this is not always a formal relationship.

If the word mentor gets in your way of understanding, think instead of people who have played an influential part in your life.

Now as you recall these people, think of how they have influenced you and about the shifts in direction your life has taken because you have known these people.

Were there businesses you got into or not because of these people? Were there relationships you got into or out of because of these people? Were there different studies you took up because of these people?

What part have these influential people played in your life?

Is it time for a new mentor? Are you looking for one either openly or subtlely? Do you have a clear idea of what you would like this person to help you with? Do you have a sense of clarity in one part of your life but not another?

If you are open to such a connection, it will manifest rapidly. It is as simple as approaching a person and asking them. If you have never tried this before, you are in for a real treat. Most mentors are flattered to be asked.

If a mentor relationship is something you want, and you are ready to take action, you have already begun the next step of your journey.

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