Why mentoring matters? - Here's the secret how you can benefit from it
At the beginning of my career, I had two mentors. They were guiding me in technology and IT governance. Over the years, I learnt from them until we all evolved. Me as well as them, moved forward. After that I've had mentors, people way skilled than me. I learnt from them to be as skilled as they were. Some of them I have never met. Nowadays I work in a company, where mentoring and learning (reading) culture is highly appreciated.
Few days back I watched TED Talk video How to Become a Millionaire in 3 Years, by Daniel Ally. From his video, I got the idea of reading the backside of the book cover who the writer is and to know does writer have some important things to say for you? Okay, let’s assume, reading is important.
Do you know why reading is important?
Is reading is important to get wider, general knowledge? My school teachers were saying it me in 90’s. Maybe it can be important for some. I would think it important, if I would participate Who Wants to Be Millionaire competition.
- As myself, I don't want to be general practitioner. I want to succeed in things I think are important, the ones which have value for me.
Next I watched video Design Your Dream Life Through Passive Income by Alex Szepietowski. Alex made his fortune using real estate business. Passive income, which I have read a lot, didn't seem to be right choice for me. When I tested theory in the past, I managed to get enough money to pay the site hosting costs yearly, approximately 150 euros. It wasn’t even nearly as much as I needed for living without daily job. Real estate business is more understandable. In a fact, in Finland, many millionaires have created their success with real estate business. Alex speech gave me something else. I understood Alex had a real estate business guru to follow. Okay, gurus and mentors are important.
Do you have mentors or gurus you follow and learn from them?
If you think it, sure you will find at least few of mentors you have had. In Finland, we have a strong apprentice-master culture. This method has exists thousand year, maybe even longer. Idea has been rising again and is getting more popular. In IT business, we have this culture already. In fact you can find it almost everywhere in business and even from schools and universities if you think lecturers are like mentors, but are they really?
Third, I watched next video Why I read a book a day (and why you should too): the law of 33% by Tai Lopez. When listening Tai’s story, I understood why reading books is important. All these three speakers couldn't be wrong, right?
Writing down your mentors or books most important or most meaningful sentences is important. The ones which are relevant for you.
Your biggest predictor to success no matter what you want to achieve is doing the same things than your mentors
Copy ideas, copy rules, use same methods mentors followed. Try to do the same things. Learn from mentors in good and bad. Do not repeat bad ones as Albert Einstein is assumingly said, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the definition of insanity.
Copy ideas, copy rules, use same methods mentors did
Next thing, you need to focus on about connecting people. Gather people around you using Tai’s method. Use one third of your time people younger than you, less experience than you. You can mentor them. Help them succeed. Let the good things happen to others too. Teacher learn most when teaching.
Are you now a mentor and if not, should you be?
Now, second third of your time you use with people same level than you. This is the Tai’s reading club on video or I like to think it that way. Those will become your friends, your colleagues. You share your thoughts and test ideas with them.
Nowadays it would make sense to build or join into an online community to connect you and others packed with same spirit and enthusiasm. There are already many kinds of online communities out there. Check the Facebook’s online groups. People can join for free, by paying member fee or being able to join only when invited. Find the ones you want to join. Study those communities and most of all, persons behind them.
The last third of your time you need to connect with people way above you, people who are 10 or 20 years ahead of you or are way more successful than you are in arts, career, business, running, whatever subject you are interested of. When using your last third of time, spend it with people who has done it many times bigger than you are now reaching. How to apply as an apprentice for someone? Mr. Tai Lopez had a brilliant idea. Meet your mentors (virtually or face-to-face) and ask them if they could teach everything they know about subject and you will be working for them for free. Well, in Finland this could be a bit tough to do because of taxes and laws (no tax-free work in Finland or work for free without the minimum wage).
Tai Lopez's Law of 33%
- Be a mentor one-third of your time,
- Be with colleagues one-third of your time,
- Be with mentors teaching you one-third of your time.
I believe, in this internet era, you don’t need to meet your mentors face-to-face. Having a chat, talking in phone, emailing, creating/watching videos and commenting in online communities, those are okay too. Meeting in real life could be better but you need to understand the odds. Time spent on travelling and trying to meet your possible mentor requires lot of money.
Remember, some great minds are gone and you cannot interview them anymore. Reading books of their thoughts is the next best thing you can do, as well as you can read and learn from those who still are still here.
Everyone can start mentoring and I mean everyone. We all have those one-third groups when you start thinking it!