Mentoring: A Two Way Street

April 11, 2011 at 10:20 pm 3 comments

Who is your mentor?  In other words, who do you look up to as a role model? For advice; both personal and professional?  Mentors come in many different forms; often the most effective mentors come along when we least expect them to.  Nevertheless, mentors can be a crucial part of a young entrepreneur’s journey.  They provide guidance, wisdom, and most importantly inspiration.

In January 2011, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder went as far to proclaim the month as Michigan Mentoring Month.  A firm believer in the power of mentoring, Snyder has gone on to advocate even after the proclaimed month was over.  “It’s a two way street,” says Snyder.  “By mentoring someone, you grow too.”  In a special on Channel 7, Snyder advocated for some local organizations that have taken the initiative to mentor youth in the community.

So what’s in it for you?  As a mentee, students would have the opportunity to learn from someone who has already made an entrepreneurial journey.  We are exposed to advice, contacts and ideas that we never even knew existed.  As for mentors?  As Governor Snyder says, everyone learns something from the mentoring process.  Mentors have the chance to expand their network, become involved with new ideas, and to better understand the millenial generation.

Have you been a mentor/mentee?  What are some of the benefits of mentoring?

 

–Krysta

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  • 1. Nick George  |  April 14, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Krysta,

    I’ve been both a mentor and mentee. From a mentee perspective, I enjoy listening to the experiences of others that have been successful in entrepreneurship and have similar values and aspirations that I have. That person is someone I met when I was very young, and he still provides me direction today. My mentor is one I closely relate with and value his opinion over many others because of his success and dynamic perspective.

    From a mentee perspective, I have not provided any entrepreneurial advice but mostly advice in terms of education or professional careers. I enjoy helping people and helping them overcome their obstacles. However, I found it interesting that this type of relationship can also help you build your own list of networking contacts- what a great idea!

    Great post,

    Nick

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  • 2. alexandriamisr  |  April 18, 2011 at 2:50 am

    Do teachers count as mentors?

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  • 3. Nick George  |  April 18, 2011 at 6:52 am

    I would say teachers count as mentors. I have kept in contact with a few teachers from my high school as well as at LTU. They have definitely provided me with a great amount of advice, both academically and professionally.

    Nick

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