The concept of mentorship dates back to almost the beginning of time.Socrates mentored and molded the mind of Plato, who mentored and molded the mind of Aristotle, who is credited with molding the minds of the human race. (More or less.) Of all the profound lessons we can take away from three of the most incredible minds that have ever lived, it’s possible that one of their most universal teachings wasn’t something they wrote down but something that they lived: mentorship and accountability. Why are goals easier to accomplish with a mentor? I’m sure there are many studies, philosophies, and psychologies that explore and answer this question. But for me, it comes down to a basic truth: we’re not meant to be alone. Even for an introvert like me, I like knowing that someone is looking out for me.
Related Podcast: ep. #013 – The Powerful Impact of Mentorship, an Interview with Erin MillerEspecially someone who has been here before and is notably smarter than I am–which a mentor should be. More than that, though, I need someone who has eyes on my blind spots–the qualities holding me back that I am blissfully unaware of. When you’re hunting for the right blind spot corrector, there are a few key qualities to keep in mind that will make a mentorship blossom into the kind of life experience that is both formative and helpful.