Published: 02 May 2015
No matter which career or path you may take in life, a mentor is a great asset to help guide you along the way. They provide life lessons, connections, a great knowledge bank and priceless wisdom from their years of experience.
“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of
all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see
Mentors have industry knowledge and can make personal recommendations and introductions to their contacts who would not be so easily accessible to you. They provide a wider perspective based on their knowledge and experience which can help to guide and shape your ideas and vision. They also play a role in testing any ideas or issues you have in a one on one environment without fear of censorship or disapproval.
In a quest to find a mentor, our advice is to identify key players in your area of interest who are doing what you would like to do even if it seems impossible for them to give you the time of day. You have to dream big and not allow fear or lack of confidence to erode any progress that you may make.
After you have made your list and gathered all necessary contacts, start designing a template that you use that should be a convincing introduction to who you are, what you do and why this person should mentor you above anyone else. This template should be tweaked and personalised for each mentor that you contact so that it doesn’t come off as a sterile, generic letter that you use with everyone. An excellent means of contact is email or social media for initial contact and you should ensure you follow up so that you are not overlooked.
If your mentor request is not successful, do not give up! Continue searching for persons who inspire you and are leaders and innovators in your area of interest. Sometimes you may find other rewards from your mentor hunt even if they don’t have the time or bandwidth to personally mentor you. Your mentor does not have to be a global superstar, you can also look within your own communities to find persons who are insightful and visionary and are making an impact. Have you been mentor hunting and have you been successful? Weigh in below in the comments section.