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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Importance of a Mentor

Patient, passionate, kind, encouraging, caring, non-judgemental, loving, nurturing, a good listener, accountable, professional, sense of humor, honest, humble, always willing to learn.

To me, these are just some of the traits of the mentors in my life. I am grateful to have met these people. They have always listened patiently when I have a question. They gave me the right answer even if it wasn't what I wanted to hear. They shared their knowledge gracefully understanding fully that I just wanted to learn.

There are many types of mentors, some are spiritual, some are career oriented and others share the same interests and passion.

There are some people in my life that are my mentors and they have no clue. They are just willing to teach, listen and learn. It's an amazing gift.

If you don't have a mentor I would encourage you to link up with someone who is willing to share their time with you. You don't have to ask " Will you mentor me" it will just start to happen once the relationship is developed.

I also encourage you to be a mentor. You may be one and not even know it. Mentorship is often started by a friendly hello or the asking or answering of a simple question.

The idea of mentorship is a gift and a blessing. Regardless of what side you are on, these relationships will help build you to be the person or coach that you strive to be.

Take the time, listen more, talk less and take the time to "just show up" even when you don't want to. I promise you it will be worth the time invested.

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