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There are great mentors all around us that enjoy installing wisdom and life into those who are eager to soak it in.  They have the answers to your tough questions and motivational insight with a powerful second wind.  Even the most successful people have mentors to help them take their potential to the next level.

One of the best ways to get better at what you do is to hang around people who have mastered it.  A great mentor helps you to continually evolve into the best possible you.

Who is mentoring you?

It is a good idea to meet with your mentor on a regular basis but there is no set rule for that.  Maybe your potential mentor can only meet once a year – and that annual meeting might be the most influential experience of your life.

How do you get the most out of your mentor? (These tips were inspired from Rick Warrens leadership newsletter)

1) Ask questions: If you are not willing to ask questions then you will miss out on golden information.  You will be surprised – Your mentor will probably appreciate the fact that you are interested in what they have to say.  Here are some solid questions that you might want to ask your mentor:

  • How do you handle stress?
  • What have been the greatest successes in your life, and what are the causes of it?
  • What were the greatest failures in your life?
  • What would you do differently if you were doing life over?
  • What kind of books do you read?
  • How do you manage your time?
  • How do you manage your money?
  • What have been the greatest lessons you’ve learned?
  • What have been the greatest surprises in your life?

I have my my own set of questions that I ask my mentors that are applicable to my life.  What questions can you add to your list?

2) Accept feedback: If you’re not open to feedback, you’re not going to learn, you’re not going to grow, and you’re not going to develop. You need to learn to accept criticism.

We all need mentors. No matter how successful I become; I will always need a coach. Michael Jordan needs a coach and Pavoroti has a voice coach.  All the pros have coaches. You need one too. Go out and find someone you trust, someone with skills and experiences you can learn from – and most of all someone you can trust – and ask that person to be your mentor.  You won’t regret it.