“A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.” — Bob Proctor
What would your life look like if there was no one to point out your mistakes when you take a wrong step; to appreciate you for your right decisions and help you with the variety of choices you face in your life on a day-to-day basis. Be it professional or personal life, we all need someone to guide us on the right path, occasionally and frequently. And that someone is called a mentor. Without whom, we all would be leading our whole life directionless and purposeless. Wouldn’t we?
So, I am starting a series “What do I learn from my mentors” that will be featuring all the mentors that inspire me to be a better version of myself every day. Before that, I wanted to share my opinion on why mentors are important and why we all need to have mentors from a young age.
Live Example to Prove it is Possible
Whenever we face a challenge that seems insurmountable, we look up to our mentors who have already surmounted them. And phew! We get the belief that we can do it too and the strength to face and overcome our challenges. Just like our mentors did. So, the first and foremost thing that a mentor helps us with is experience. As they already have been through life much further than we do, they provide us with the wisdom they got through their own experience. Something we cannot get from anywhere else.
The Easiest Way to Our Destination
We all have dreams and goals we want to achieve. But things we aspire for don’t come easy at all. To achieve our goals and make our dreams come true, we must go through a journey full of obstacles. And not many people make it to their destination because they quit when it gets tough. And the truth is, it will get tough at some point or the other. But we need to have the capacity to handle it and continue well into the path meant for us. Well, that’s exactly what a mentor does. A mentor provides us with the shortest and easiest way to our destination so that we know that we can reach it. Rather than feeling overwhelmed with the probability of failure, we look forward to the possibility of succeeding -when a mentor is there to guide us of course!
“If you cannot see where you are going, ask someone who has been there before.” — J Loren Norris
Uncovering Our Potential
Every person has loads of potential within them. Unfortunately, not all of us succeed in realizing our highest potential. At times, one may be unaware of their potential. Other times, they simply are tired after trying hard for a few times of not making it and are used to mediocrity. Having a mentor helps us get the better of our emotions and does not let us accept defeat in the face of adversity. All in all, mentors not just guide us on our way to achieving success and realizing our highest potential, they correct our mistakes, motivate us when we feel discouraged, and serve as an example for us to follow.
Even Better Than Google!
The world we are in currently has made it excessively easy for us to find our answer as compared to the previous times when technology had not advanced this much. Today, we are just a google search away from finding answers to every possible question our mind can come up with. Still, people are confused, chaotic, and restless. Why? Because more and more people are relying on the internet for finding solutions rather than asking for help from someone who has already seen life. The problem with this is the loss of human touch. This waning of human connection is one of the reasons so many talented people today are getting astray and inclined towards destruction. What these people full of opportunities need is not resources or intelligence anymore. It’s wisdom. Wisdom of a successful person you can call your mentor. And by “successful”, I don’t mean someone who is wealthy or famous. You get to decide who is successful on your terms. But until you have or find someone who has already walked the path you are afraid to take- the path of success, you can’t have it.
I conclude by revealing the names of my mentors, the people I’ll always look for inspiration and enlightenment. Novak Djokovic, Jay Shetty, and Jim Rohn. These are the people who have been a road map for me throughout my journey and I follow them ardently. The upcoming blogs will be based on the lives of these more than just successful people whom I follow ardently. I’ll be sharing all the things they teach me and who knows, millions of other people like me! Stay tuned.