A while ago, my husband and I received an email from our 2-year-old son’s kindergarten informing us that the school had decided to assign mentors to all children so that all parents could have a dedicated partner at the school who is focused on maximizing the learning and development journey of our children.
At first, I thought, “Huh, so early?” but then that quickly turned into “Yes! Let’s start early!”.
If I had a chance to travel back in time and tell my younger self a few chunks of advice, one of them would be. “Find the right mentors to help you. You do not need to figure everything out by yourself all the time.”
I discovered the power of mentorship when I got an opportunity to participate in the 2018 cohort of the 30% club run by the Women Ahead Moving Ahead mentoring program.
I grew so much from that one mentoring experience and since then, I’ve had about five mentors helping me in various aspects of my personal and professional life.
- Mentors who reminded me not to focus on my perceived weaknesses but rather harness my many strengths to alleviate any pitfalls.
- Mentors who had no hidden agendas or ulterior motives, personally or otherwise, other than to simply help.
- Mentors who had no need of applying any demotivational carrot and stick tactics to keep me in check.
- Mentors who genuinely listened, who deeply cared, who openly shared their experiences, both good and bad, in a non-judgmental, non-egoistic manner.
- Mentors who simply believed in me.
As I continue pursuing my passion for People and Project Management through offering training, coaching, and consultancy services, I aim to always be the type of mentor that my younger self would have liked to have had.
So, if your network is your net worth, imagine how valuable the right mentor can be. Choose wisely!