When there is a gap between where a person is and where they want to be, very often it is because they have not sought out a mentor. Every skill, competency and core value comes to us in life via mentors- whether they be found in the home, in the workplace, online, or in the classroom.
The only thing standing in the way of substantial development physically, spiritually, vocationally or relationally is whether or not we have enlisted the help, expertise, inspiration and wisdom of someone who is further down the path than we are. Mentorship is the missing link.
While this is true of most every aspect of life, it is particularly true of your professional life. Jason Nazar at Forbes.com asserts that you need at least 3 professional mentors, because “The most guaranteed path to success is to emulate those who’ve achieved what you seek.”* Their guidance and counsel is priceless. (TIP: “The Secret to Finding and Keeping Mentors”)
Unfortunately, many factors prevent people from seeking a mentor, such as:
- Not wanting to change or exert the effort it takes to heed someone else’s instructions/suggestions
- Not being willing to look silly or have their ignorance of a subject revealed
- Not realizing that they can attain a measure of what others have attained (so long as they have guidance)
- Not prioritizing the time to become a learner again
Don’t let any of these barriers prevent you from pursuing your God-given destiny! Get intentional about tapping into the knowledge and experience of those who are where you want to be!
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