Five Good Reasons To Consider Being A Mentor

Posted: June 24, 2013 in General Interest

IMG_1361If you’ve ever been an observant by-stander, or an active participant in someone else’s growth and success, chances are you were mentoring.

Five good reasons to consider being a mentor:

1. The rewards are endless. The simple act of sharing your expertise and encouragement can have a major impact on someone’s life as well as yours. Some mentoring situations result in life long friendships. Sometimes the situation lasts only as long as your help is needed.

2. It can be free, fun, and easy. The term mentoring gets tossed around a lot these days and has been amplified because it sometimes seems like it has tons of structure, procedure, and time commitment (and sometimes it does), please don’t let this deter you. Not all mentoring is formal. Just taking occasional phone calls to offer advice, coaching, or sharing in someone’s good news-that’s mentoring too.

Your mentoring arrangement can be as formal and structured or as casual and loose as you both agree on. It’s helpful to both involved (but not always necessary) to discuss and agree on expectations, best time and method of communication, and anything else that enhances the experience.

Just keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be “written in stone”. It’s advantageous to agree that your arrangement can be tweaked at anytime, and by either person. If you think you’re just too busy, you can commit to as little or as much time as you have to spare. If doable, the one-time experience of just letting someone shadow you on your job, and having a brief discussion afterward counts as mentoring.

3. There’s always someone looking for a mentor. You may think you don’t have anything to offer, but EVERYONE is good at something.

4. Being a mentor and not knowing it, sometimes makes it easier. Someone once introduced me as their mentor, YIKES what a pleasant surprise. I’d known this person for ten years and didn’t even know she considered me her mentor. You never know who’s watching, or the positive impact you’re having on someone.

5. A good mentor grows just as much as their mentee. Ask them to share expertise that you don’t have. It keeps the relationship from feeling lopsided, and helps the mentee feel they have something to offer you. It’s also not age dependent, you can mentor someone much older than you, expertise, not age makes it a mentoring situation.

A big Shout Out to Andrea Daniel, owner of AND Communications, who recently co-coordinated an awesomely successful youth event, The Man to Man Youth Summit: Momentum 2013/14. Her involvement was through her business as part of a collaborative effort with other for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations that sponsored the first of four quarterly summits. This was their kickoff event and it was attended by over 45 boys and young men, potential mentors and eight adult speakers. Congratulations!

Visit Andrea’s website for more info or contact at:

Attendees link arms to symbolize solidarity at the close of the summit.

  1. Wow! What a great post. And thank you for the Shout Out.


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