Its never too early to begin having a mentor. Each week I go to a local primary school where I mentor a young person. It is a very simple process that involves a one hour commitment from myself each school week. One hour, one day each week has been shown to make a huge difference in many young people’s lives across Australia.
I am told that it is having an invaluable effect on this young person’s life. I am told about issues that this young person is facing so that I can better understand how to help him. I am amazed at the willingness of this person to trust and the importance that is placed on this brief hour.
What I like about what I do is it costs nothing for this person to have a mentor. I do it as a community service. Why should the opportunity to have a person to offload to be limited to those above a certain income.
Therefore I would also say that its never too late or too early to have a mentor/coach.
Invariably the time that is spent in a relationship specifically designed for the benefit of you is valuable, because what it does is convey what you say and feel and do is important. And, many people rarely have the opportunity to offload to someone whose sole purpose is to listen and understand themselves. Not even the most caring partner is that available.
Get a mentor/coach, it’s more than worth it. And, it will be one of the best investments that you make for your future health. A good mentor/coach will enable you to see yourself more clearly and to see how others see you as well. This is just as important if you really want to reach your potential.
Coaching is not just for insecure middle mangagement. In an increasingly fragmented world where the natural sources of mentoring/coaching are not longer available it is important to fill that gap will valid alternatives. This is the place of the life coach/mentor/personal consultant.