The 5 types of mentors you need in your life

The 5 types of mentors you need in your life

We all need help sometimes. We could live and function on our own; but we’d do better with the support and guidance of others.

And the good news is there are others who’re ready and willing to help. I mentor several people and it gives me great pleasure and satisfaction. Having a mentor can make you happier and more successful; as well as bringing happiness and satisfaction to the mentor themselves.

But it’s important to reflect up on what you’re looking for from a mentor. Is it happiness? Success? Better relationships or advancing your professional career? What ever it is, if this is of interest to you then keep reading…

via TED Ideas by Julia Fawal

Here’s how to assemble your personal dream team, with tips from business expert Anthony Tjan.

Everyone can use a mentor. Scratch that — as it turns out, we could all use fivementors. “The best mentors can help us define and express our inner calling,” says Anthony Tjan, CEO of Boston venture capital firm Cue Ball Group and author of Good People. “But rarely can one person give you everything you need to grow.”

In this short list, Tjan has identified the five kinds of people you should have in your corner. You probably already know them — and it’s possible for one person to cover two or more categories — so use this list as both a guide and a nudge to deepen your bond with them.

One reminder from Tjan: Mentorship is a two-way street — a relationship between humans — and not a transaction. So don’t just march up to people and ask them to advise you. Take the time to develop genuine connections with those you admire, and assist them whenever you can.

Mentor #1: The master of craft

“If you know you want to be the best in your field — whether it’s the greatest editor, football quarterback, entrepreneur — ask, Who are the most iconic figures in that area?” says Tjan. This person can function as your personal Jedi master, someone who’s accumulated their wisdom through years of experience and who can provide insight into your industry and fine-tuning your skills. Turn to this person when you need advice about launching a new initiative or brainstorming where you should work next. “They should help you identify, realize and hone your strengths towards the closest state of perfection as possible,” he says…

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