It’s a cold but sunny lunchtime and I arrive to meet my mentor at our usual restaurant. We meet every month to chat, sometimes to put the worlds to right and other times to try and solve a business opportunity but today is different. I am thinking about a change in career and I’m after my mentors guidance as to whether I’m considering the right thing. He has a fabulous family, great relationships, a portfolio of business interests and homes in numerous countries. He is someone who has a habit of making good decisions and today I need him to help me with mine.
We order our food and I begin to explain my dilemma and await his wisdom. His response is powerful and not what I am expecting… “I believe in you whatever you decide to do”. Initially this response did not seem to make my decision any easier but on reflection it affirmed me in the freedom to follow my heart.
Ultimately a mentor is someone who believes in you more than you believe in yourself. This belief helps encourage you to have the confidence to do things that you might not otherwise do. A mentor who believes in you in this way may be a:
As Henry Ford of motor car fame said, “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t you are probably right”. The power of the belief others have in you, and consequently you have in yourself transforms your prospects, circumstances and achievements. You cannot afford to be without a mentor who believes in you.
Question: Who believes in you more than you believe in yourself? When are you next going to spend time with them?