Mentoring: Why Do We Need It?

by Martha Giffen

How many of you use mentors?

If you look at what you really excel at, chances are good that you had a mentor.

I don’t mean someone who just gave you the information you wanted and sent you off on your own.  I’m talking about the person who taught you, motivated you,  held you accountable, encouraged you along the way and pointed you to opportunities that would further your abilities.

Now, that’s a mentor!

Of course, you can always do it the hard way.  Learn on your own.  At your own speed.  Making your own mistakes.  But, why would you want to??  If they already have the success you are looking for, find out their system, tweak it to your own liking, and hold on.  Your own success is right around the corner!

A little story from my childhood. . . . . .

Once a week, for eight years, I met with my piano teacher.  She taught me how to play, but I learned so much more. She encouraged, motivated, and convinced me every step of the way that I was talented.  Accountability was built into my lessons.  After all, if I practiced during the week at home, it was going to show up during my lesson.  In my case, I always wanted to have my work done. (My type A personality and all that!)

Anyway, over the years, I became one of her “stars.”  With that came a teaching opportunity.  I took a couple of students of my own and taught them the first year basics.  After that, I would send them over to her to make “real pianist” out of them!

Did I also mention how much fun it was to go there?  Besides having a grand piano, she taught for years on two uprights sitting side-by-side.  They were painted antique green with gold polka dots.  How cool was that?  (At least I thought so!)

OK, where is this leading?

Well, mentors can only do so much.  They teach, coach, give you the tools, but after that you have to take action.  You have to do something.

In this scenario, I had to practice.  All of her knowledge, wonderful instruction, and colorful pianos were useless unless I took action.  Because I did practice and did take action, I had good results.  I was able to play while all the others who “started but didn’t finish” couldn’t.

The same is true of my online business.  I could have tried to learn it on my own, with no accountability, but my guess is I wouldn’t be successful.  You see, mentors and coaches give us an easier path.  Doesn’t mean we don’t have to work.  But the path isn’t overgrown.

This is mentoring week on my blog.

Tomorrow I will tell you how to find the right mentor.  What to look for on your quest.

Stay tuned. . . . it’s all good!



p.s. And, if we all sit up straight, we just might have a special guest star appear toward week’s end icon smile Mentoring: Why Do We Need It?

 Mentoring: Why Do We Need It?

Martha Giffen

Martha Giffen is a Small Business and Social Media Consultant, Coach, Trainer, and Speaker. The author of 3 best-selling books, including "Be Social Be Rich," she is an Online Marketing authority and teaches Small Biz Owners how to achieve massive profitable success. And, -she dishes it all out with a warm southern flare!

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