My name is Gbenga Totoyi and I’m a big football fan – everything changes for me when the football season kicks in!
There’s more banter material for my time with the guys, more fun time to look forward to on weekends and so much more. I’m a big fan of the English Premier League compared to others around Europe, but some of my guys disagree totally (let’s leave this subject for another day.)
I left the office a bit earlier than normal just to catch a Champions League game in the comfort of my living room. I hate it when I miss the pre-match analysis and statistics made by studio guests, especially when the analysts are old legends of the game like Jay Jay Okocha…
This Tuesday was different though; a regular pre-match incident got my attention this time around, just as we settled in for the game. As both teams walked into the deafening shouts of their adoring fans, a cameraman got a big grin on the face of one of the ball boys on the sideline and the commentator in the studio said;
‘I can only imagine what’s going on in that tiny head of his…the opportunity to be this close to the football stars he dreams about must be such a great feeling for him. I can place a bet on what he’s thinking about now – he must be saying, I HOPE TO BE A STAR LIKE HIM ONE DAY!’
I enjoyed the game quite alright, but those words stuck with me through the night. I started wondering if I was having such close contact with individuals living the life of my dreams career wise. Do I have mentors validating the dreams and ideas jumping around in my thoughts? What really are the measurable benefits of having mentors – and, is it really a must? How do I even get them?
In today’s economy, employees are consistently saddled with more responsibilities, and expected to contribute more towards the achievement of lofty corporate goals and objectives. Often this means being more focused and knowledgeable with less support and fewer resources. If you’re feeling the pressure to keep up, learn continuously and demonstrate your talents simultaneously, you’re not alone. This is where a mentorship can be such a competitive edge.
A mentor can be many things. For some people a mentor is someone who gives you the occasional useful tip. For others it’s a person who gives you support, knowledge and encouragement to help you grow at work and overtime achieve the career of your dreams. Whatever it is you’re looking for there are serious benefits in finding someone to help you short cut the learning process and fast track your career.
A mentor should be someone who has more work/life experience than you; someone you aspire to be like, or who you think shares your morals and values. If you can find the right mentor, you will find yourself receiving an invaluable informal education with immense benefits overtime.
So stick with me on AccelerateTV.com as I will be sharing the benefits of having a mentor…
Do let us know your thoughts as we continue this conversation. Stay in touch for more tips to aid your career growth.
Written by @GbengaTotoyi