Having a mentor can be life-changing. Most of us have been lucky to have mentors ever since we left the womb, with our parents and family members being the first to guide us through life in our earliest years. With every phase of our lives—from starting a new school to navigating our careers—we find ourselves asking those around us for advice. Sometimes mentorship is built in the structure of an institution, but, most of the time, we have to go find it ourselves. Want to know why mentors are so important? Well, keep reading.


There are many misconceptions, but perhaps the biggest, most inaccurate of them all is that people only need mentors if they are seriously struggling. What’s ironic about this misconception is that the purpose of having a mentor is to actually prevent yourself from struggling altogether—be it mentally, personally, or professionally. Having someone to rely on and guide you through various experiences and help you realize your goals is priceless. In addition to sharing how they were able to find success, mentors can share their mistakes, regrets, and failures with you so that you’re more informed about ways to maximize your own success and well-being.

The Mentor

Mentors won’t just help you survive the day-to-day or month-to-month obstacles that you will inevitably face as you go about achieving your personal and professional goals. They can help you thrive. The best mentors will not only point you in the right direction toward new opportunities but can play a role in creating them for you. Mentors can make the difference between you finding out about an opportunity and you get that opportunity while also providing you the motivational support you need to keep going if you don’t.

The Mentee

The beauty in being a mentee is that you and your mentor get to decide what you want out of the relationship. If you decide that you want someone to be your mentor, then communicate that to them. Though, it’s best to familiarize yourself with the person you hope will guide you just so that you can ensure that you truly do want to be mentored by them and that you know enough about them to start a conversation. Be candid and express what you have admired about their strides and how you believe that they can help you achieve your goals.

Do you have someone you can rely on to help you reach the goals that you set out for yourself? Do you have someone that you can talk to in times of personal or professional need? It’s never too late to begin that first step of looking for a mentor. If there is anyone person, other than yourself, that can change the trajectory of your life, it’s them. And remember: you will never outgrow needing a mentor, or two.

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