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The Mentoring Chronicles 6: Why Choosing The Right Mentor is as Important as Getting Mentored

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I don’t mean that you choose a mentor who rewards you when you achieve what you committed to, but doesn’t have his ways of reprimanding when you don’t do what you set out to do. A mentor who is a convenience is just that- a convenience- and you don’t need a mentor for that.

A mentor is someone who pushes you OUT of your comfort zone time and again, someone who gets you out of the zone of inertia, into the zone of activity. There is NO one solution for all.

Mentoring Chronicles by Sandhya Nagaraj Here’s an incident Mr. Bharat G C of i3 shared with me recently- what’s interesting is he is also mentored by the same person I am mentored by- what precisely is interesting about that? I will come to it later! Coming back to the incident. Many years ago when he was into marketing for one of the companies, one of his friends told him that he is a part of a network marketing company over lunch.
Mr. Bharat then asked his friend if it was paying him well, and the aforementioned friend replied in the affirmative. “Good way to make money dude”, he said, and that’s where he left it. A few months later, Mr. Bharat decided that he wanted to make more money- and remembered this friend mentioning the network marketing company. And so he asked his friend about how to sign up, and became a part of it quite soon.

The next Sunday, there was supposed to be a seminar, and his friend asked him to collect the passes for the seminar on spot by paying the pass fee. Mr. Bharat, being an excited and enthusiastic person, took along another friend for the very first seminar in the hopes of getting him to join. They both collected the seminar passes on the spot, had a great time listening to all the achievers and senior leaders of the network marketing company speak on stage, and were left inspired. Post seminar, Mr. Bharat found access to some great leaders off stage, who would talk to people at large and address their questions. He would find a diverse set of people talking, and he made the most of it by hopping group to group and getting snippets of everything all the biggies were saying.

And then his friend joined along. What did Mr. Bharat teach him? The very same- what his friend had taught him. Collect seminar passes on the spot on sundays, take guests, get them to listen to various leaders, and repeat.

A few weeks later, a senior of the network marketing company introduced Mr. Bharat to the formal training and processes that the company followed, and it left him blown- and things took a different shape altogether from then on. That’s the happy ending for the great beginning of his journey at the network marketing company.

What struck me however, was the initial journey. Mr. Bharat’s friend, who was ideally supposed to guide him with the know how determined how far Mr. Bharat could have gone in his journey there. Without a doubt, for somebody with curiosity and determination, mentor or not- they will find a way.

The mentor who is chosen determines how far you can go and what you can achieve in life. There is no one right way that can be used as a rule for everybody to be successful, but without having somebody who has been there done that as a mentor, it would indeed be folly to expect to get there in the fastest time possible. Time and again in my life, there have been instances when I have had to choose- and my choices have left me empowered- and not convenienced.Given that Mr. Bharat and I are two entirely different types of individuals, having been mentored by the same mentor is only a clear reflection of a single mentor using different approaches to coach different people. Mostly, we join a school because a particular school specialises is teaching or coaching in one particular way. To have a single school for various approaches to reach the same goal- or a single mentor is something of a rarity indeed, and this is something we are immensely grateful to have!

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Sandhya Nagaraj
Sandhya Nagaraj is a contributing writer at Inspiration Unlimited eMagazine.

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