It’s been awhile since I posted a personal blog as I have been finding it tough to write. It’s not always easy to sit down and put “pen to paper” that people would find worth reading and helpful. I like to mostly share some of my personal journey with the hope of helping and challenge someone be better at what they do.
In my blog post, How to succeed… take the shots!, I shared some personal stories of my own failures and some points on what I am doing to find success. One of the things I work diligently on is improving my personal brand. This requires getting help to fix my personal weaknesses so that I can reach my full potential. For me, it’s finding the right mentor(s) that are NOT telling me how to run my life based on their strengths and experiences, but understanding my weaknesses and how they may help me fix them.
I think a mentor should treat you like a research project. Instead of telling me here is the blueprint of success they openly acknowledge that there is no single path to success, what is right for them may not be right for you.
Here are some things to help with your mentoring relationship:
1. As an entrepreneur or career professional don’t just listen to life lessons from your mentor but engage with them in order to seek the answers that are relevant to your business or career path.
2. Help your mentor learn. Mentors should be learning as they are guiding you through the process of making you successful.
3. Mentors should be uncomfortable with the status quo. Mentors should be interested in making themselves better as they are making you better.
4. The best mentors don’t play by the rules. Be open to what they have to say and the challenges they are putting in front of you to be successful.
What things are you doing to improve your personal brand?
“A star wants to see himself rise to the top. A leader wants to see those around him rise to the top.” – Simon Sinek