It all started with my parents. I found endless advice in my Mom and then a generous listening ear in my Dad. They each gave me different types of mentorship and I learned to value and use both in my own life.
In college I had an internship at my Dad's office and I learned to listen to those older and wiser but to not be afraid to contribute my own ideas. I am so thankful that I was treated like a smart individual. I also learned that I was often wrong and needed to ask more questions in order to learn.
Later in life I struggled to find good mentors. I had bosses who were distant or quick to tell me how to do everything - leaving me no input and a feeling of no value as well.
More recently I have experienced a great mix of people as mentors in my life. I learned how to build relationships intentionally at our church and I enjoyed the mentorship of Wes, Amber, and Ashley in the Children's ministry. I considered myself shy, introverted and unable to reach out and they taught me through encouragement and grace that I could be more than that. I learned to push myself and to let the fear go - what's the worst thing that would happen? A smile and an interest in someone's life is never a bad plan.
|Molly, me and Becky. |
Wonderful times at Weaving Influence!
And now, as I start a new business venture, one where I am my own boss and try to help and mentor others, I am finding a personal mentor is vital. This is someone to calm my newbie fears, push me a bit and also provide structure. Joline has been a friend and someone I admired for so long, I'm so thankful to have her in this new role.
I find myself at 36 years old, happier to give than to receive and wanting to help others more than ever.