Okay, so its how I earn much of my living. Guilty as charged. But even I use mentors. They’re the best investment I make in my practice.
It is perhaps easy to make the argument for mentoring less-experienced folk, and especially those who might be struggling a bit. However, even the most successful will benefit from mentors. “Yeah. Nah?” Take a look at whom Tony Robbins mentors. No seriously, go and take a look. It’s some list.
Mentoring matters because it will help you to improve your performance. Done correctly, you should see improvements in how well work and life are integrated, enjoy greater success and get more out of life.
Mentoring should help you to develop improved competences and skills, removing constraints that hold you back.
A mentor should help you to enjoy both work and life more fully. Chiefly, they should help you to bring a more explicit focus to both elements of your life. Concentration such as this increases certainty and diminishes anxiety. Focus further brings satisfaction in life and work, with an increased sense of being ‘centred’ or belonging, as it reduces work and life ambiguities.
Mentoring is also rewarding. It confers improved returns on investments in your work and social life (Stephen Covey’s emotional bank account).
The best mentors should be non-judgmental friends who hold you to account, walking with you to find the very best version of yourself, promoting success.