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A Mentor

By Karen Vally on 26 Jul 2014



Have you ever found yourself saying, "I wish I could do what that person is doing" ? What is it about that person that inspires you?  How would it be if you were to ask him or her to be your mentor? There is a saying in African culture that says, if you do not know where to go, ask someone who has taken that path before.

A mentor is a trusted and experienced advisor or guide. Mentoring always involves communication and it is relationship based. It's a partnership with someone who is willing to share their knowledge, skills, resources, experience and networks, so that we can learn and grow. It is a relationship that is based on mutual trust, respect, understanding and empathy. It is a nurturing environment in which we have a sense of clarity and direction, grow in confidence to explore new ideas, find possible solutions and learn how to take risks. Being mentored is about learning how to be more self aware, to take resposibility for our lives and to steer them in a particular direction, rather than leaving it all to chance. A mentor facilitates the growth of his or her mentees by asking challenging questions, teaching and coaching. It is a relationship in which two compatible individuals work collaboratively and harmoniously towards a common purpose.    




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