We all need mentors in our lives.
Sometimes the decisions we make and the directions we take in life are linked to people around us.
People around us influences us, they always influence our character, confidence and mentality.
We tend to underestimate the roles people around us play and overestimate our individual capacity.
There are known knowns, there are things we know we know. There are known unknowns, that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don’t know we don’t know.
It is okay to think that we can achieve greatness all by ourselves, but it is important to understand that we all have blindspots, there are things we can’t see on our own.
Great mentors are able to show us things we don’t know we don’t know.
We need people around us to guide us, show us our blindspots [things we don’t know we don’t know], encourage us and cheer us on.
Getting someone around you to be your sounding board is one of the most underrated career and life-long tip.
A few times in my life, I have been privileged to have amazing mentors. The little things I have managed to achieve are due to mentors in my life.
Those people helped me learn something about myself that I could not have without them, they pushed me to work hard, they challenged me to carry a quota, put in the hours, never expect freebies, and they offered me an opportunity to learn from them.
Great mentors are God’s way of saying: “I sent angels to your life to represent me in guiding you to maximise your talent.”
PS: Mentorship may also come in the form of books, podcasts, articles you read, speeches, Youtube videos, TED talks, blog articles etc.