Mentoring can undoubtedly be a life-changing experience. I know you may be thinking, what on earth could I have to offer someone else though?
I think we have a common misconception that becoming a mentor has to look like Obi-Wan Kenobi mentoring Anakin Skywalker. That you have to be the ultimate expert on something and then and only then should you try to impart your superior wisdom.
At Think Native we believe that every journey is easier with a little help from someone who’s already walked in your shoes. Didn’t perfect walking in your shoes, just simply walking in them. You might be surprised at how much you can offer another.
Here’s how reasons why you should reconsider becoming a mentor.
1. Learn to see things differently
It always important to broaden your horizons; your career or life may see you interacting with a wide range of people and it is important that you are able to relate. Mentoring gives you the chance to engage with someone who may see things very differently.
2. Stop thinking about yourself
Sharing your life and experiences may help you understand your own in a different light. Perhaps a moment that barely made an impact on you may in fact provide invaluable insight to another person.
Sometimes you need to get out of your own head to actually understand yourself better.
3. Challenge old behavior
We all get into bad habits, whether professionally or personally. A different point of view can help you understand why you take a certain course of action, or why you think in a certain way. Walking the talk is a huge piece in mentorship and as you pass on your advice and experience, you will have a better idea of how well you are living your own life.
4. Practice being a leader
Leadership is a valuable skill in any environment, and mentoring is a key part of it. The ability to help others learn and progress will be a key skill in your career and life, and you will also help you in building your communication skills.
5. Change someone’s life
You may not think that you have much to offer at this stage of your career and life, but engaging with someone who has had an entirely different background can be immensely rewarding for both of you.
Many young people never get as far as university, but you can help change this. Give a new generation the encouragement and support that will help them make the most of their potential.
This list can go on and on because being a part of someone’s journey will never be something you regret.