Mentorship is all about the transfer of skills and experience from one person to the next. Another misconception about Mentorship is that it has to be in a serious area like career or finances. You can have a mentor for anything! If you DJ and you want to take your skills to the next level, then you could have a more seasoned DJ show you some tricks of the trade...that’s a mentor. If you play a sport and you want to incorporate some innovative training practices into your regiment, then you could ask another athlete that has that type of experience to coach you through some new things...that’s a form of mentorship.
Don’t let your pride or any mass stigma associated with the word “mentor” hold you back from meaningful progress.
Think about the value that that person is or could potentially add to your life. Think about the good that you are allowing someone else to perpetuate. Be a vessel for the perpetuation of kindness!
Don’t worry about what others think about you openly having a mentor. Only think about your unique relationship. Think about what that person means to you and the value that you are adding to each other’s lives.
Mentor/mentee relationships are special. Bonds form over periods of hard work and mutual dedication to shared goals. Taking the time to develop and appreciate this relationship will provide you with a lifelong colleague who will forever be a resource for knowledge and deeper understanding.
To make a mentor/mentee relationship work, certain skills are necessary...
Communication and learning are part of the human experience. Don’t shortchange yourself of the opportunity to grow and learn from someone new!
As doctors, we have committed to “life-long learning.” No matter how much we know or how long we’ve been in the game, we are humble enough to know that there is always more to learn.
If you’d like to begin to adopt a doctoral mindset, then start by adopting a life-long learning mindset. The fastest and most proven way to supplement learning is through finding and working with a great mentor.
My challenge to you is to find 2-3 mentors this month and see what kind of difference they make in your life.
Dr. Gabriel Burks is dedicated to increasing higher education awareness and showing aspiring scholars the power of science.