Build Your Self Confidence, Become a Mentor

Today is Monday, so this post is on self confidence.  Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to all of my Irish friends and those of you who are Irish for at least this one day a year.  I’m in New York today, one of the best places in the USA to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day.

On Friday, I mentioned the book, Mentor: The Kid and The CEO.  After I wrote that post, I got to thinking about mentors and mentoring.  As you know, the keys to self confidence are optimism, facing your fears and surrounding yourself with positive people. 

I have long held that mentors, by definition, are positive people because of their willingness to expend their time and energy to help another person grow and flourish.  I urge people who are interested in becoming a success in their career and life to find a mentor to help them along the way.

However, after reading Mentor, I realized something else about mentoring.  When you choose to mentor another, you are also associating yourself with a positive person.  People who have the courage and energy to seek out a mentor are people who are interested in growing and developing.  To me, this is one definition of a positive person.

In the story Mentor, it turns out that The Kid ends up helping The CEO through a rough patch.  In other words, their relationship was reciprocal.  Even if the person you mentor never turns that tables and mentors you, your confidence will still benefit from mentoring another person. 

First, you’ll feel the energy involved as someone else learns career and life lessons.  Second, you’ll feel a real sense of satisfaction from helping someone learn and grow.  Third, you’ll feel more confident seeing someone grasp on to and apply your knowledge and expertise.  In other words, mentoring is a win-win situation.

The common sense point for today is simple.  You can enhance your self esteem and self confidence by finding a mentor and learning all you can from him or her.  On the other hand, you can enhance your self esteem and self confidence by finding an enthusiastic person to mentor, and giving him or her all of your knowledge, experience and expertise.  Mentoring is a win-win deal.

That’s it for today.  Thanks for reading.  Log on to my website for more common sense. 

I’ll see you around the web and at Alex’s Lemonade Stand.


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  1. Yamilet Line says:

    I love this article, I am running a restaurant, and I want to better as a manager. How can I find a mentor on my field? I am located in Philadelphia. Thank you

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