Guest post by Nikki Lewallen, Rainmakers.
As a business leader, I reflect regularly, but I seem to do it much more so since Thanksgiving is top of mind. When I think about it I cultivated a habit of reflection by celebrating the wins, appreciating the failures and preparing mentally for the next day. Mentors taught me this useful and important practice. Not only does reflection help me stay grounded (as I like to move at a speed faster than my car can drive most days), it helps me stay in gratitude for the abundance in my life. I am a firm believer that the more gratitude you have, the more blessings you get. It is a beautiful cycle.
A few years back, I realized how blessed I am to have learned such great skills and knowledge from my mentors. Many entrepreneurs fall into the belief that they must go it alone to succeed. I would argue that it’s impossible to learn and grow completely on your own. Let’s face it, you don’t know what you don’t know.
These days, it has become my turn to share (by the way, ALL of us have knowledge and skills to share). I am so grateful for the opportunities that I get, daily, to mentor. Until you understand the simple practice of mentoring, you don’t realize that the opportunities for all of us to mentor are all around us. Sometimes I feel like I learn more from my mentees than they learn from me.
The reason for writing this post is to inspire those of you who do not have mentors to get some. And if you aren’t mentoring someone at least once a month, start seeking opportunities to share your gifts.
I am grateful for the relationships I have gained through the mentoring process. Happy Thanksgiving to all!