You’ve probably heard mentoring can double your chances of staying in business, but did you know it can also change the way you think?
Here are three things I learned from being mentored:
1. I will never know everything – and that’s ok
I thought to make it in this world I should absolutely know the answer to everything. As you can imagine, I failed at this miserably a million times over. When I got a mentor who showed me the blind spots I was missing in my business, I realized that it’s ok to not know everything. In fact, when you know that you don’t know, (like young children) you are more open to learning and seeing more possibilities because you aren’t cutting yourself off from new information.
2. You can start a ripple effect with one small action
If you study successful and happy entrepreneurs who are mentors, it’s very likely they are super helpful and carry around beaming bags of good energy wherever they go. Rather than trying to get something from you, they will focus on how they can help you such as introducing you to important contacts. The cool thing is, every seemingly small action they take has a magnifying effect. For example, a mentor introduced me to a women’s group which is where I met a future client and life coach. Three people were helped from this one action. This taught me that each of us are extremely powerful and at any moment we have the opportunity to change a person’s life with one small kind act.
3. No matter how bad things get, there’s always a solution
I had an amazing ability to see the cold, steel barriers in life instead of the welcoming, wide open doors. Having a positive, open-minded mentor showed me that no matter what’s happening in life or work, there’s always a different way to look at problems. Considering the majority of our life is made up of perception, not fact, the quote by Dr. Wayne Dyer makes sense: “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” If I am now faced against a problem, I ask myself, how can I see this differently? And I do.