Throughout your childhood, middle school, high school, and even college you need individuals in your life that you trust and lean on for advice. No one person knows everything and you’re gonna face challenges in life where those mentors come into play.
In order to share your thoughts, feelings, and experiences, you have to be able to trust your mentor. In return, that person will give you advice that will help you become the best person you can be. You need to trust that your mentors will help you and tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear. Sometimes the truth might hurt your feelings, but their ability to tell you the harsh truth means they care and want the best for you. You’ll come to realize that what they’ve shared is something you needed to hear. You need tough love.
You should know you can call your mentor seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. No matter what, they’ll be there when you call. Over time you’ll know their personality and they’ll know yours. They will be able to tell when something’s wrong and will offer to meet and talk. You can also rely on your mentor to keep things confidential. Know they’re going to keep information tight and won’t share it with others—they won’t repeat.
Finally, be aware of life experiences. Often people think mentors have to be older than you, that’s not the case. The most important thing you receive from your mentor is growth and knowledge, no matter their age. And be sure to pay attention to the three E’s: environment, education, and experience. Observe whether their environment is positive or negative. Analyze whether they value knowledge and appreciate the importance of learning. And from those two components, recognize their life experiences. Most likely, you’ll go through things they’ve already experienced. Pull from their knowledge, because they know what you need.
Appreciate your mentor and truly value their presence in your life. If you find a good mentor, you better cherish that individual because they’re hard to find.