A common question I hear is, “Lee, will you be my mentor?”
Unfortunately, the answer is no. I get the request so often I couldn’t possibly be a mentor to everyone. But I am always flattered when asked. And I know how valuable mentors are.
Early in my career, I had two mentors who changed the path of my professional life.
Usually, if I ask someone who their mentor is, they either mention their parents, manager at work or simply nobody.
It is true, most people don’t get much help in their professional career, but I find people are confused about many areas in their life. Career choices aren’t our only worry.
Navigating life can be difficult. How do I find a life partner? Are my problems normal? Where do I start when I want to do what I love?
If you have asked any of these questions, you are not alone. Most people feel this way. And unless you are lucky enough to have someone next to you who will listen without judging and help you along the way, you will probably have to find an answer by yourself.
Recently, I discovered a new website that can help you out along the way. MentSpot.com is a platform to connect people like you with a mentor in areas such as Life & Personal Development, Business & Entrepreneurship, Career, Heath, and more.
If you don’t have a friend, co-worker, supervisor or generous uncle who is willing to be candid and open with you about problems you are working through you may consider giving Menspot a try.
Just like any relationship, you only get back what you put into it. So if you aren’t willing to do the work, this won’t work either. But, put in the time with your mentor and Menspot allows you to track the progress towards your goal.
I asked one of the founders of Mentspot for more information about the platform and here is what he told me;
- Mentor someone in the area you feel competent in. Nothing gives more satisfaction than teaching others. It’s not only about having a goal but also realizing how much knowledge you already have. By teaching, you also learn yourself by repeating, filling the gaps and giving a structure to what you already know.
- Connect with other mentors: Even if you are a great entrepreneur, maybe you can improve your quality of life at home. Very often, a simple conversation can let you get some distance and look at everyday challenges differently.
- As a mentee, connect with other mentees: Who knows, maybe you can expand your circle of friends or simply network. While connecting with others that have the same worries, you will feel much more comforted and confident.
We are always looking for ways to get better. Asking for help is one way to get better.
If you don’t currently have a mentor, Mentspot.com may be what you are looking for.