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What is mentoring?

Mentoring is simply the process of getting alongside people to support them in their personal, spiritual or professional development.

Mentoring takes many forms and there are many types of mentors. You can expect a mentor to be somewhere between a ‘trusted friend’, ‘a guide’ and a ‘counselor’.

Mentoring is a proven process and works well in most environments — school, professional, personal and spiritual. Most of all successful people have had mentors.

Begin a mentoring program with the end in mind


=> Why you want a mentor
=> What you plan to achieve through mentoring
=> How you will measure your success

When you are looking for a mentor, find someone who

=> is further along the road than you are
=> operates from the same set of values
=> you can relate well to
=> is readily available when you are

You need a mentor who

=> is available over the phone for a chat or face to face
=> is enthusiastic about the mentoring process and your development
=> will encourage you and celebrate your achievements
=> keeps you accountable to meet deadlines
=> is well connected and can help you to access other people when necessary
=> helps you to set realistic yet stretching goals with deadlines and
=> develop strategies to help you to achieve your goals
=> gives constructive feedback
=> helps you to overcome obstacles and use failure as feedback
=> is willing to share their resources with you and to help you develop your own.
=> inspires, encourages and motivates you to be and do more

Of course, some mentoring programs are better than others. Do your homework before choosing a mentoring program. Get to know your intended mentor, either personally or through their work. Talk to other people who they have mentored and ask whether they can recommend the program, and why it is worth your time, money and effort. The best proof of the benefits of a mentor program come from what the mentees have to say about it.

A good mentoring program will provide systematic training, shorten the learning process and empower you to grow and develop. That makes it a powerful tool, enabling you to reach your potential and to progress more quickly than you would on your own.

Before you get started with the mentoring process make sure you know what to expect, what is expected of you and how you will work together.

Mentoring is one of the most effective ways for you to grow and develop and become the person you want to be. It would be wise to find a mentor to help you to reach for your dreams and take the next steps.

About the Author:

Charles Kaluwasha is passionate about helping thousands of people around the Globe make a difference in their lives by starting and running a successful home business. To subscribe to a Free Home Business Secrets Mini- Course and find the best home based business ideas and opportunities visit:

2 Responses to What is mentoring?

  1. mykidsinheritance June 19, 2008 at 4:27 pm #

    You do need a mentor — it could be the difference between becoming frustrated and overwhelmed and having somebody to guide you through what seems confusing now. This is why so many people fail — lack of proper guidance.

    Thanks so much for your terrific post!

  2. Alan Scholtz June 20, 2008 at 11:21 am #

    Hi Charles,

    That was a good post on Mentoring, A good Mentor can make all the difference to get your business of to a great start, especially if your mentor is experienced.

    All the Best

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