Importance of Mentors

Diverse group of 5 women role models discussing the topic Importance of Mentors
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Importance of Mentors (1:34)

“Coming out in life, we’re not born with instructions on how to do what we want to do, and it’s really only through observation that we as humans learn the world around us. Mentors to me are so important and I actively seek them out.”

Video Transcript

Coming out in life, we’re not born with instructions on how to do what we want to do, and it’s really only through observation that we as humans learn the world around us. Mentors to me are so important and I actively seek them out.

Mentors have been extremely important for me, not only their great support network, but their friends. So some people say, “What is a mentor?” For me, a mentor is someone who is a little bit older than you, but who has also some experience. They can answer questions for you.

Mentors can be part of your life from a very early age. They can be members of your family, people you meet through your community, someone who knows a little bit about the career that you would like to gain access to, or even if they don’t know anything about that particular career, someone who knows you and who can hear your goals and help you meet them and hold you accountable.

Literally putting a target list of different people who inspire you and reaching out to them. Everyone wants to help you grow and succeed. So isolate who those mentors could be. And don’t be afraid to ask.

Don’t worry that you may get to know, because sometimes the people that you want to mentor you, they probably have hundreds of other people asking. So what you can ask is if you don’t have the time to be a mentor, could you recommend someone else? So that always works also. But the best way is to be direct and to ask the people that you want to mentor you. And you may be pleasantly surprised when they say yes.

Discussion Guide

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Classroom Lesson Plan

We’re not born with instructions on how to do what we want. That’s where the importance of mentors come in. Find out who mentors are and how they can help you achieve your dreams!

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