#070: Mentors Help You Grow


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Mentors Help You Grow
Mentors can be assigned or you can seek them out. But what value do they provide?
Mentors can help you identify your weaknesses and put plans together to improve upon them. You may know your strengths, but you might be overlooking areas where you fall short. Mentors can help you grow through regular meetings.
Many times, the mentor-mentee relationship provides value in both directions. This is typically called co-mentoring. It's a great way to give and receive - you both benefit.
If you'd like to learn more about how mentoring works and some areas you might want to explore, you should tune in to today's episode. We als explore the SWOT acronym - Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. Check it out!
Mentors can be friends or colleagues. It could be a local or long-distance relationship, in person or virtually.
When seeking a mentor, you might learn you have something to give back, as well. That means you're in a co-mentoring relationship.
Seeking out a mentor is a positive sign of growth.
Everybody has several strengths and at least one weakness.
Once you've successfully turned a weakness into a strength don't stop there!
Feedback can hurt, make sure you take it constructively. What if you're told you have a lot of stutter or filler words?
When you get put on the spot you respond loudly and defensively.

As your weaknesses change because you're improving upon them, you can ask for help to grow in other areas.
In addition to strengths and weaknesses, there are two more areas to watch out for. The last two come from SWOT - Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.
The final piece of SWOT is T, which stands for Threats. Do you know where your threats could come from?
After you've grown, focus on future areas to improve. If you can't think of any, envision being questioned during an interview for a leadership position.
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