Lately, I’ve been thinking back to all my work experiences and the people I’ve worked with or have been fortunate enough to have encountered through my business dealings. I must admit, it has been quite a colourful work history. I’ve learned a lot and, yea, I believe I was able to share part of what I know to those people I had worked with. However, now, I’ve become more aware of those individuals who served (or still serve) as my mentors. It is with gratitude that I remember the things they’ve done to push me to reach potentials, some I wasn’t even aware of.
I didn’t expect that I’d have a mentor. Not because I think I don’t need one, it’s just the idea that someone would be kind and generous enough to take me under his/her wing seems unlikely to happen without considerable effort on my part. I certainly didn’t look for it. That’s probably why I feel so fortunate to have had the chance to have these people in my life. Don’t you think that having someone be there to guide, teach, support, and push you as you go chase your dreams is awesome? I do. I guess that’s why the universe brought me to these people.
Highlighting some of the more important parts of being mentored and why I consider it fantastic to have mentors:
If you think about what you can do, basing it on what you’ve done, you really wouldn’t think to take on a task that’s foreign to you. My mentors saw that I had the essentials covered, which allowed me to tackle, albeit rather slowly in the beginning, the challenges they presented. Believe me, I kicked and complained but they knew well enough to not hold my hand through the whole ordeal. I learned that I needed to work on it on my own. They’re there to help me spot the mistakes (regardless of how many times I’d make them), and nudge me towards the right direction. I found out that they will remind you that you have the ability to learn how to know, do what you know, and teach you what you don’t. Over time, I’ve gained enough confidence to even ask for more projects instead of waiting around to have them assigned to me. I found myself accepting more tasks even when I knew I might find myself stressed out and out of my depth. One thing that my time with my mentors also taught me was that I know I can manage it since I was operating with the knowledge that they did agree to let me handle it.