Why should you consider being a mentor? Maybe it’s because you see the tremendous potential in helping someone become successful. Maybe, you can see how important mentoring can become both to someone seeking to understand a business career with TMC, and seasoned professionals like many of you, who are eager to share your skills and experience. And do you know what? You are helping you grow your business.
You might consider mentoring if you know what you have to offer and are eager to share what you know with someone else. You will, without question, be an exceptional mentor if you are ready to receive all the rewards that come when you help someone else. And, you should mentor if you truly care about the long-term success of Travelers Motor Club.
Let’s take stock of what you bring to the table. Do you really know what you have to offer? Before deciding to become a mentor, take 30 minutes to write down all the skills and experiences you have to offer. At the end of the 30 minutes, circle the skills and experiences you want to share. This will offer a fantastic foundation for the mentoring relationship. I also encourage you to create a list of skills and experiences you would like to gain.
It is critical that you set clear expectations. The vast majority of mentoring relationships fail miserably because expectations were not clear. It’s important that both the mentor and mentee are clear about what they are hoping to gain from the relationship. You need to focus on the skills and experiences each would like to gain from the relationship. As a mentor, know what you have and want to offer, communicate it clearly and take the time to learn what your mentee is hoping to gain.
I’m reminded of the story of “The Three Travelers.” One night a group of nomads were preparing to retire for the evening, when suddenly they were surrounded by a great light. They knew they were in the presence of a celestial being. With great anticipation, they awaited a heavenly message of great importance that they knew must be especially for them. Finally, the voice spoke.
“Gather as many pebbles as you can. Put them in your saddle bags. Travel a day’s journey. Tomorrow night you will be both glad and sad.” Afterwards, the nomads shared their disappointment and anger with each other. They had expected the revelation of a great universal truth that would enable them to create wealth, health and purpose for the world. But instead they were given a menial task that made no sense to them at all. However, the memory of the brilliance of their visitor caused each one to pick up a few pebbles and deposit them in their saddle bags while voicing their displeasure. They traveled a day’s journey. That night, while making camp, they reached into their saddle bags and discovered that the pebbles they had gathered the night before had turned into beautiful and brilliant diamonds!
Indeed, they were both glad and sad, just as the voice had promised. They were glad they now had beautiful and valuable diamonds. They were sad they had not gathered more pebbles when they had the opportunity.
The moral of the story: If you spend time picking up the pebbles now — learning all you can about mentoring, recruiting and working hard to apply it — your future will then transform all that effort into great rewards. Let me put it to you this way, in a nutshell, being a mentor is important for the following reasons: Motivation – Knowledge – Opportunity to work with a professional – Trusted advice and counsel – To be challenged in a safe environment – Practical know-how – Guidance – Support – Personal Development in a nonthreatening environment – Empowerment – Encouragement – Self-confidence – To help stay aware of what needs to be done and how you do it. Do you need a mentor? If not, it is probably time for you to be a Mentor.
Remember, it’s in your hands.