This post is directed at those of you who replied “yes!” to a question I posed on social media earlier this week. Thank you for your incredible feedback! You are the reason this project will come to life.
Over the years, I’ve learned how powerful it is to have a mentor – someone who I respect, who has a wealth of knowledge and experience on topics that interest me, and who is supportive and giving of their time. My parents are my mentors. All my bosses have been, to some degree, but my current boss is certainly a mentor to me. And Gail has become an incredible mentor and friend. I am truly blessed.
I’ve never asked anyone to be my mentor before (and some of them might not even realize that’s how I see them!). Instead, I think our friendships/relationships just sort of morphed into that. Each time I talk to any of mine, I ask a million questions and am always writing things down. They share their experiences, and usually suggest books/websites/other resources for me to check out, and I always walk away from the conversations feeling inspired to tackle something new. (The best feeling is following up and telling them when I’ve accomplished a goal!)
As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, I’ve had what seems like a dozen new project ideas pop into my head lately – especially while I was travelling so much. I’m always going to write, but I keep feeling like I want to do something more. Sarah recently told me that if I had a “superpower” it would be making and building connections with people, and that really resonated with me. I do love talking to people one-on-one and in groups (like our meet-ups this summer?), and I love the little community we’ve all built on this site together. But how can I take it one step further?
Mentoring others was the first thing that came to mind. I get emails from some of you, and check-in from time-to-time to see how you’re all doing, but I’d love to do it in more formal setting. In the past year alone, I’ve had at least 8-10 people ask if I’d work with them/family member/friend, and I sort of shrugged it off because I didn’t know what that would look like – but now I do. So, I finally took this question to Facebook and Twitter on Monday: If I offered 3 months of free mentoring (emails, calls, Skype, etc.) would you or anyone you know sign-up?
Your responses were so unbelievably positive! As a result, here’s what I’m offering:
- Three months of free mentoring to 5 people from December 1st – March 1st
- 1 x 30-minute introductory call in December
- 1 x 90-minute call in December
- Your choice: 1 x 90-min call or 2 x 60-min calls in January
- Your choice: 1 x 90-min call or 2 x 60-min calls in February
- Email response time: 48 hours
If you were serious about your “yes”, or if you’re just reading about this for the first time and are interested, please fill out this short survey! As you’re doing so, remember that we can talk about anything: debt repayment, your career, minimalism, healthy living, other goals… whatever you want!
Based on the responses, I’ll choose 5 people I think will be a good fit, and will let everyone who responds know either way via email on November 17th. If you’re chosen, you should expect a little bit of homework from me before our first call. It won’t be too tough, but I really want to make sure you get something out of this experience. I also can’t imagine a better time to start this project: we can lock down some goals in December, then start to tackle them in the new year!
Now I’m curious: have you ever had a mentor? (Or even considered someone to be a mentor, even if you didn’t actually call them that?) What did you enjoy most about talking to/working with them?