Mentorship ~ Whose Voice Will You Listen To?
The world is full of mentors, just look around you.
I didn’t always have the wisdom to recognize them nor had the humility to learn from them. Everyone has a measure of pride, stubbornness or arrogance. I had my fair share of them too.
Whose voice inspires you? Whose voice are you listening to? Whose voice is going to make the difference in your life in 2011? It is up to you.
Mentors are very vital to achieving our life’s dream. You will never reach your dream without a mentor in your life. Without them we won’t get to enjoy the journey talk less of getting there.
A Mentor is someone that has walked the path you are about to embark on and they can hold you accountable to achieving what you set out to do.
I mentioned in this post how Bomi of Jollynotes.com helped me when I started Bukville. With little knowledge about blogging, after stalking her blog for weeks I reached out to her and she gave me priceless advice and encouragement.
I spent a lot of my time reading Jollynotes and seeing how she interacts with her followers. I saw that she really did care and it showed thru their banter. I love that she was also using her platform to share the good news in a nice and friendly way.
I have tried to incorporate that in my blog also, while still being me. One of the lessons she taught me was how she focuses much more on the ministry and relationship building aspect rather than posting a lot of posts. Which will leave her little or no time to get to know her followers.
I have seen and reap the benefits of those advices; sometimes less is more and I am enjoying combining blogging, with my marriage, raising our children and still being a “Desperado after God”.
Mentor: Someone whose hindsight can become your foresight.
Different Types Of Mentors
Mentors come in different forms, they can be people you can reach out to or from a distance, and mentors can be alive or dead. Mentors can be in form of a book also. Mentors can be older and younger and you don’t necessary have to be friends.
Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction. -John Crosby
Mentors are needed in all areas of our lives. There are 4 key areas that you will need mentorship for. Regardless of how many degrees and PHD you have acquired, these are areas our educational system missed out on.
They Are As Follows;
Spiritual Life – A life without spiritual guidance is a life full of struggles. In every one of us there is a yearning for something, without which there is emptiness. We are all searching for it, that which is called God. Whether you admit it or not, your life is missing something. Even after you have committed your life to Christ you will need mentoring to keep fighting the good fight of faith and to finish strong.
Marital Life – Majority of us will be married and even if you choose not to be you will still need to learn how to be in a relationship. At some point we will all some kind form relationship with people, no man is an island. If you are alive and living then you will need to find someone to mentor you on how to have a successful marriage. Not everyone is fortunate to have those mentors in their parents, and if that is not the case for you-Whose voice and mentorship will you need to help redefine marriage for you and help you to live a happily married life?
The partner you choose to walk the journey thru life can either bring the best out of you or make you bitter. Choose wise mentors to hold your hands.
Financial Life – One of the most attributed reasons for divorce and depression is not having financial education. Having an accounting background does not prepare you for real life. I know too many accountants in debt, and not qualified to give advice to you and I. I also know many highly paid professionals that are bankrupt. There are certain lessons and habits we have inherited from our parents that are not sound financial doctrine that you need not adopt for your future. Who is going to champion you into financial success this year?
Career Life – I choose to call it “calling”. Years ago when I was trying to discover what my passion was. A change in the word from “career to calling” gave me an epiphany and I had a breakthrough. Whose mentorship will it require to take your career or calling to the next level? Whose mentorship can you not afford to do without this year? Which author is going to make a difference to your library of books this year?
Information is so readily available these days that ignorance is absolutely inexcusable.
In part 2 I will share with you mentors that have made a difference in my life and how easy and practical it is to apply their wisdom.