Think Out of the Box
When presented with a difficult task we often resort to the most logical solution. Before making a decision, ask yourself “If I had no barriers, how would I solve this problem?” Imagination can often provide an alternative solution that may have originally be overlooked. Speak with your mentor today about out of the box solutions to everyday problems.
At its worst, failure can be devastating. However, many would say true failure occurs not when success slips from our fingers, but when failure overwhelms us, preventing us from further experimentation. Talk with your mentoring partner today about your most recent success or failure. How can you continue to move forward?
Who Benefits in a Mentorship?
When in a mentoring relationship, either as a mentor or as a mentee, it can be easy to focus on personal benefits. However, it has been noted that those who put others’ needs first tend to gain the most. Today, take a moment to reflect on how you can assist those around you. You may find you gain more in the end.
Experience Belongs to the Individual
The truest form of learning comes from personal experience. It is up to each individual to challenge themselves and glean everything they can from every experience. Talk with your mentoring partner today about your recent experiences - is there a lesson to be learned within them?
A Mentoring Garden
Mentors and mentees don't always have similar viewpoints on the fundamental issues that can arise during mentoring. A mentor's job isn't to clone his or her own ideas and implant them into the mentee's head. Instead, it is to give the mentee space and encouragement to grow their own ideas while exploring new points of view. Speak with your mentoring partner today about how you can open your mind to new ideas.
Dedicated, not Lucky
It is easy to equate success with luck, however many of the most accomplished people in the world will say luck played no part in their success. It was all due to dedication and hard work. Talk with your mentor today about how you can apply yourself to create your own luck.
Communicating through Barriers
Communication can be difficult. The next time you find yourself in a communication bind, remember that everyone views the world through different eyes. What may be very clear to you could be out of focus for other individuals.
Consider Your Options
Mentoring is most commonly thought of as bound by geographical location, but it doesn't have to be. Technologies like the internet have broken the proximity barriers usually associated with mentoring. Mentors and mentees no longer need to live in the same area, or even the same country. When looking for a mentor, remember to consider those outside of your geographical location. You never know who you'll find!
Iron Sharpens Iron
It takes strong mentors to create strong leaders, but how does one become a strong mentor? Some say mentors are shaped through human interaction - who we talk to, who we spend time with, and who we look up to all play a roll in who we become. Talk with your mentor today about how those around you affect your day to day life.
Don't let Opportunities Slip By
We all wait for the "perfect" opportunity. A dream job offer, or internship, or new position all come to mind. But, while we're waiting, great opportunities might pass us by. Seize every opportunity given - you never know, it may lead you places better than you could ever dream of.