A conversation with someone older, wiser and more knowledgable than yourself can always lead to good things. I had a catch up with my mentor today and we discussed how far I had come in the months we had been meeting.
In the summer of last year I did ‘The Enterprise Programme‘ which is run by The Prince’s Trust as I had a business idea I wanted to explore. The program is run by for young people ages 18-30 who are unemployed and seeking to find out if self-employment is right for them and at the end you are put in touch with a mentor who’s role is to help you decide what to do next. This course was great, I learnt a lot and wish I had done it earlier. It was however, good that I didn’t because I would not have met my mentor!
I think my mentor was heaven-sent. We have so many things in common although we are years apart in age and I believe that talking to someone who can give an objective view of my situation has really helped me. I have been able to discuss and think about things I hadn’t thought about before and get guidance and an opinion on what to do.
A lot has changed since we began meeting. I was so lost and unfocused when we started, really worried about what I was, had been and would be doing in terms of career. I had so many ideas but wasn’t acting on any of them out of fear, lack of motivation, discouragement and just not feeling good enough. I had been trying on my own to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, figure out where my passions lay, progress with a business idea etc but I had lost the motivation and clarity that having a set purpose and stable environment i.e. getting a degree at University, gives you. I had thrown off the structure set by another, to step out and do my own thing, but I was finding that creating my own structure and walking my own path was proving to be to be much harder than I thought.
With the help of my mentor I have been able to clarify and compartmentalise all of these thoughts and ideas and truly get to the heart of what is important to me and should be important to me. I feel more focused and ready to go. I’m not completely there yet but talking it out has built my confidence back up and helped me to realise what I need and want to do.
I made contact with my mentor through an organisation but I believe that it is important to have a mentor regardless of your situation and in all areas of life. Someone who is wise, trustworthy, able to listen and guide you in the right direction. Someone who has been there, done that and everything in-between. Someone who you can talk to, who will be honest and open with you and is not just there to stroke your ego.
For me having someone outside my family and usual circle helped. We built up trust over time and it worked. This might not be the best method for you and if you know the person already that can be even better but getting a mentor is a great thing you should consider.
I am so excited about this year the things and projects I am GOING to do. The focus is back, I just need to act!
Do you have a mentor or someone you share ideas with?
Good thing of the day: Great catch up with my mentor. Motivation for the month ahead.