Most of us growing up had someone who guided our path by creating a model we wanted to follow. For me it was my father. He never once told me I wasn’t capable of doing whatever it was I set out to do. He encouraged me to try and that failure was not the end, only a step to success. It did not matter what vocation you chose as long as you enjoyed it and did it to the best of your ability.
Mentorship is very important in the teenage years as the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up,” starts to be asked internally rather than by parents or visiting relatives. This is a time when having someone to guide them can eliminate paths that may not make sense. There will always be times when they have to take a step back instead of forward.
As an employment counsellor, I had many clients in their thirties and forties who were starting over as their choices had not worked for them. Many had started careers for the wrong reasons, many did not have someone to look to for guidance on the options that were available to them at the time. One of the questions was always, “Do you have someone now?”
For those on an entrepreneurial path, many have a mentor for the type of business they want to open. They have the skills to produce the product or perform the service for the customer, but many do not realize the skills they need to operate as a business.
Good mentors for the business functions can be crucial to the success and viability of the venture.
Throughout life we benefit from the mentors who have taken the time to pass on skills and insight. As you go through life do not forget that you also are a mentor to those building our future.
“Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living—if you do it well, I’m sure there was someone cheering you on or showing the way. A mentor.” — Denzel Washington
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