“The best thing a human being can do is to help another human being know more.” ~ Charles T. Munger.
Let me start by informing you that you are not a small inconsequential fellow. No, you are a mighty man/woman of valor. You matter. You matter to God. You matter to me. You matter to our world. You can make a difference and you don’t need to wait for anyone to tell you to do that before you begin. Invariably, I am telling you that you are a leader and you should begin mentoring others especially young people to become leaders if you have not started.
Everyone should turn their lifetime of experience into the experience of a lifetime and share what they know with others. Maya Angelou whispered it well when she said ‘When you get, give; when you learn, teach.” Guess you agree with her. I do. I believe that anyone can be a mentor, in fact we need mentors like never before in our communities. We need leaders to provide support and help young people to become better. They need to hear from you that they can achieve their full potential.
I do believe that the best mentoring programs are ‘face to face programs’. You should sit down with your mentees in your church, your school, or community; encourage and guide them.
Presently, I organize a bi-monthly breakfast meeting where students/young people from previously disadvantaged group are invited to a free breakfast in a restaurant and they are informed about interesting topics such as innovation, investment and entrepreneurship. You can also can do same, may be with different topics or you can creatively do it your own way.
Just do something
I also enjoy teaching young people about the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. It is a great way to develop and nurture leadership skills in young people. Furthermore, you must never underestimate the importance of using social media including Facebook, twitter and blogs in mentoring young people. When they look up to you, they will read and learn from your posts.
Perhaps you are asking, what is in it for me. What do I gain from becoming a mentor? A lot.
The first is that you can change the world for someone. Your words may let your mentees know that what seemed impossible to them before is in fact possible and this realization could help them achieve great things in life.
You too will learn during the process of mentoring. He that waters shall be watered also. It is a universal law, whenever you give something; know that it will surely come back to you one way or the other.
Mentoring skill will also benefit your career or profession and it is good for your resume. No organization will want to lose employees that are passionate about mentoring.
Are there other benefits? Absolutely. You will have the joy of giving back and you’ll also be in the league of those making the world a better place.
Start mentoring, you are a leader!
Tosin ‘Badeniyi, PhD
Dr Tosin 'Badeniyi was born in Nigeria where he has his primary and secondary school education. He has a PhD in Food Science from University of Pretoria, South Africa. He is also an alumnus of Graduate School of Management, University of California, Davis, USA. He is a University lecturer and CEO of NiSOT Konsult, a company passionate about training young people about innovation, investment and leadership