Whenever you want to boost your progress or just simply stuck, there’s an incredibly simple solution. Get someone’s help, who has been in your shoes and came up on top. Get a mentor! The goal of this article is to review the benefits of a mentor and convince the reader to consider finding one.
Outside help? No thanks!
Being stuck or just making less progress that you planned to do can be demotivational or even infuriating. When the plan you made goes off track or just runs out of momentum one of the wisest thing is to do is to ask for help. Asking for help will trigger a lot of negative ideas in some people’s head, here are some with side notes to help you differently the topic.
- “I don’t need outside help. I’m just doing things my way, at my speed.” – If you are somewhat satisfied with the progress you are making, that is fine. It is not mandatory to have a mentor, but consider this: Wouldn’t you be happier and even more satisfied if you would make more progress?
- “I have trouble asking for help. It makes me feel not good enough and scars my ego.” – Oh, believe me, I have been there. What helped me viewing this from a different point of view is this: the ratio of value you’ll get out from help and its toll on your ego is infinitely high. Meaning you’ll get much more results than the price your ego will pay.
- “Getting outside help is expensive and I don’t have the money for that.” – Consultations can be really expensive, that is true, but free is considerably cheaper :). You can find help if you just look around in your family, your friends and your friend’s friends.
- “I don’t know anyone who was in my shoes, therefore, I can’t find a suitable mentor.” – If this is the case it is time to network more. You can do this easily on social networks or at networking events. Online forums, Reddit, Discord and similar sites are excellent for this.
Why get a mentor?
Okay, I really hope these ideas will help you see mentoring differently, but if this was not enough, here’s a list of benefits of having a mentor:
- A good mentor will adjust your perspective and mindset. I do believe that mindset is everything and you cannot succeed without the right one.
- Not just information and knowledge will be shared with you but valuable contacts as well. One of the most valuable assets nowadays.
- You’ll learn the easy way what he / she probably learned the hard way. The mentor – like all of us – has probably failed at something and learned from it. Now you’ll get this lesson completely free.
- You’ll learn more than the necessary skills.
- The mentor will provide strong guidance. You’ll spend your time on the right path and in the right direction.
- A good mentor is an accountability partner as well. As mentioned in the Goal Setting Done Right infographic, people with accountability partners has a 25% higher success rate.
- and if you pay close attention you may learn something about being a mentor as well.
Working with a good mentor is an invaluable experience. Find yourself a good one and you’ll be surprised about the boost your progress will get. If you found this article valuable or useful, I’d like to ask you to share it with someone. It costs nothing and it will help our site to grow. If you have any thoughts or would like to start a conversation you can do that by leaving a comment or writing me an email.
About the authorGabor Hosszu is the founder and head article writer of Goals Infinite. Being passionate about personal development and helping others were the main reasons he launched this site. By trade Gabor is a mechanical engineer. His hobbies include being a chilli farmer, a video game nerd and a wannabe beer expert.