When most people decide to become a mentor, it’s with the understanding that they can use their life experiences to better the life of a younger individual. While this is very true, it’s also important to appreciate that the mentor gets to learn new lessons as well!
Although the mentor is older than the mentee, both parties bring their unique experiences to the table. These experiences reveal new insights that would be much harder to gain otherwise. Below, we’ll discuss a few of the ways you, as a mentor, may be more affected by the mentoring process than you expected.
Mentoring entails important characteristics like providing answers, sharing life experience, creating memories, and simply being there in tough times. Many of these characteristics also apply to being a quality leader. As with all roles in life, there will be moments to learn from – which benefits both you and your mentee! Understanding both your role as a mentor and applying these leadership lessons to daily life can greatly expand your success.
Getting to know people outside of your normal network creates new perspectives, and becoming a mentor is an easy way to do exactly that. By mentoring a child, you are learning about a different family, a different school, a different neighborhood, and so much more. This also comes with age differences. Your mentee is going to quote and enjoy pop culture references you’ve never heard of – and that’s the beauty of it! Learning about your mentee and their environment is learning more about our world. Taking this information and applying it to your way of thinking can really open up a new mindset.
While it’s exciting to learn from a mentee, your first focus is probably still providing knowledge and wisdom to them. As you share your life experience, it’ll remind you of certain lessons and moments that you may not have considered for a while. Many of the lessons you’ll share with your mentee can apply directly to adult situations, so take the time to listen to yourself while mentoring. Putting the extra effort into acting on what you are teaching will make this a very easy thing to learn from!
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The Aspire Movement was started in 2010 with the intention of bringing role models and leaders to the inner city youth of Birmingham, Alabama. Our founder’s personal journey and passion for Christ led him to create Aspire, and we continue to provide new perspectives and opportunities for both mentors and mentees. Contact us for more information.