If there is a correlation between having a mentor and success then not having one can seriously jeopardize your career. In my previous post on self-motivation I talked about the ‘heroes jouney’ and how hollywood depicts the meeting with the ‘wise guide’ who helps the hero on his or her quest (think Obe Wan for Luke or Morpheus for Neo). Mentors take many forms and you may have more than one or receive your mentoring from a ‘mastermind group’ as described by Napolean Hill in his timeless book, ‘Think and Grow Rich.
The Ideal Mentor
The ideal mentor is someone who has been where you are going and is interested and capable to develop you. The effective mentor doesn’t do the work for the hero (mentee) but asks questions that the mentee doesn’t ask themselves but ought to.
The ideal mentee (hero or heroine) is commmited to their quest (career), hungry to learn and disciplined enough to execute what they have learned. If this describes you and you don’t currently have a mentor or belong to a mastermind group, what do you do?
Tim Ferris, in his book the 4-hour work week, suggests that you contact the person you most respect and just ask them. This is a good suggestion and an equally good one is to join a professionally lead mastermind group.
My friend and colleague, Ian Berry is a professional mentor and change agent and is successfully facilitating mentoring mastermind groups in Australia and Dubai. Ian and I think that leaders in Asia also need to get together and support each other’s growth; to this end we are co-hosting a mastermind group in Singapore. For details click here or contact me directly via www.selfleadership.com.