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Mentoring Lesson #6: Having Drive

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Based on the book, “Learning to Lead Through Mentoring”, this is the second in the series of mentoring lessons outlining important topics to consider when approaching a mentoring relationship.  The full transcript of the book can be found on Amazon.  The lessons are intended to help the reader approach mentoring relationships with better perspective and can also be useful to the mentor in guiding the relationship and discussion for their mentee or protégé.

Do you have what it takes to succeed?

What comes to mind when you think of the word Drive?  Having drive and determination is what sets you apart and allows you to be successful.  Also known as grit, your drive and determination is determined largely by how well you recover from temporary setbacks.  Having both courage and focus will allow you to recover more easily.  Resilience is key.  If you are persevering toward a lofty goal, setbacks are going to be inevitable.  Those setbacks can offer powerful feedback and an opportunity to pivot, if necessary.

We often only learn about successful people once they have achieved their success and are sometimes led to believe they became successful overnight with relative ease.  We don’t often get to see the amount of hard work and determination and perseverance which led to their success.  By developing the necessary drive and not quitting, you will be that much closer to achieving what you set out to achieve.   In addition, surrounding yourself with others who have that same drive and determination will also help you up your game.  Think about who you spend your time with and choose wisely.  Spend time with the most successful people in order to increase your measure of success.

This is a great topic for an effective mentoring relationship.  Ask your mentor what setbacks they had along the way and how they overcame those setbacks.

Here are some questions to consider as you think about your own level of drive and the importance of who you spend time with:

  • Who are the people in your life who feed your soul and energize you?
  • Who are the people who drain your energy?
  • How will you cultivate relationships with other successful people?

By surrounding yourself with other successful people and cultivating relationships with other mentors, you will be taking an important step in learning firsthand the amount of drive and determination it will take in order to accomplish your goals.

At Diverse Talent Strategies, we offer mentoring programs and resources for both individuals and companies.  To learn, more, contact us today.

Alison Martin-Books

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Alison Martin-Books is the Managing Director of Diverse Talent Strategies, a family of brands offering turn-key solutions for mentoring, women’s leadership initiatives, and recruitment. With roughly 15 years in nonprofit work, Martin-Books has a passion for doing work that makes a difference in the lives of others. After serving as Executive Director at two different national nonprofit organizations, her commitment to her passion for developing female talent led her launch Mentoring Women’s Network. In her role, Martin-Books acts as a liaison to a national committee responsible for the leadership development content for the organization and consults with corporations on the development and strategy aligned with initiatives for emerging female leaders. She is also the author of the book, “Landing on My Feet: Learning to Lead Through Mentoring” and speaks regularly on behalf of the organization

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