Friday, January 4, 2019

Why You Need A Mentor

When you started your first serious job, did you have someone that you learned the most from? Did someone help you out in your career path, and you consistently went to them for advice? Do you still seek them out for advice?

That's your mentor.

In many different professions, mentors are an important part of what makes a business great. I had a mentor when I first decided to quit law and get serious about my life and work. My mentor talked me into pursuing my writing, and helped me with so many decisions along the way. I found my mentor's advice so useful that I still keep in contact with him today, to still ask for advice and what he thinks about certain choices I have.

He is invaluable. Priceless.

Matt Redhawk has been an entrepreneur, an executive producer, a philanthropist, and most importantly, a mentor.

Matt Redhawk has had success in multiple ventures and his main priority is to help families become self-sufficient by teaching them to live off the grid. Some great photos of people living their simple life off the grid by Parker Michels-Boyce with The Washington Post can be found by clicking here. Redhawk also wrote Drought And Dreams: Stories of Self-Reliance During America's Darkest Times, a project that came about from his studies of The Great Depression. It's great and full of information! He wants everyone to have easy access to the supplies they need to be prepared for anything. His inspiration came from his own experience of living in the mountains in Northern Idaho. The more self sufficient you become, the more confidence you have in yourself. This helps you work through any critical problems that may arise on your own.

Matt’s dedication to the preparedness movement has led to him becoming a prominent authority within the community. In recent years, he has produced several movies. His first movie, Radioflash, showed what it could be like to live and survive after a natural disaster or other disruptive event. The incredible success of this movie led to him creating Home, a brand-new short movie touching on similar subjects.

He always has his hands in numerous projects, but he's never too busy to mentor up and coming entrepreneurs and philanthropists! He is based in Salt Lake City, but does a lot of work in Northern Idaho. 

Mentors are invaluable and can help you grow as an entrepreneur and philanthropist. When you first start out in any industry, it's always nice to meet someone who knows the ropes. The resources and help you receive from your mentor are inestimable and should help you with anything that may come up for years to come. Mentorship is a great way to put your best foot forward and focus on the future of your venture.  I know I wouldn't have been able to make it without my mentor!

Who is your mentor? How did they help you? Tell me about your mentor in the comments below!

53 comments:

  1. I have a truly great mentor that helps me with my spirituality, and personal growth! I agree that everyone could benefit form a mentor! Thank you for the great post!

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  2. This is an interesting post! I actually do not have a mentor which sometimes can be very struggling. As a teen I deal with many emotions and it would actually be very good if someone could help and tell me what's normal and what's not. As a teen, there are still certain things we do not share with parents, no matter how close we can be.

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    1. A teacher at school could also be a mentor. It's definitely uncomfortable to talk about everything with your parents so that's another reason mentors are so helpful! Who knows what normal is?! As long as you're happy and not hurting anyone, it's perfectly "normal" lol

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  3. I used to have a mentor in my corporate career - but now in blogging I don't. And this is the area where i really need one! Thanks for the reminder :)

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  4. This is why I *need* to go to a blog conference! Everyone says that you learn so much. I definitely wish we had more mentors for blogging!

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  5. I love the idea of mentors. I think they are great for your personal life as well. They can be there for support and guidance and encouragement.

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  6. I really need a mentor but I feel as though many of them charge so much. Maybe by the end of this year I can save up enough for one.

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    1. You don't always have to pay for a mentor! Your mentor can be whoever you want :)

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  7. The role of a mentor is really important to our lives. That is why I am always grateful that my mentor is always there for me, encouraging me, supporting me and guiding me with all of my decisions.

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  8. My boss was also my mentor back when I was working. I definitely learned a lot from him, not only work-related stuff, but also things about life, friendship, and marriage. He eventually became one of the godparents at our wedding.

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  9. Great post to read, love the idea of a mentor and the idea of being a mentor too! Such a good idea.

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  10. amazing post dear!
    Surely Mentors are like guiding light i believe .. I am sure being a mentor to someone does help them to grow and even they themselves learn along..
    In my ex-office my boss was my Mentor and he used to always give me new challenges to face ans be by my side when i knew i cannot handle it alone .. but he anyways pushed me and i thank him for that as today i am more a confidant person and i am more clear with my representation skills :) This post reminded me of me of him :) Thank you dear <3

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    1. That's wonderful. Thanks for sharing your story! <3

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  11. Great post! I don't have a mentor per-se but I participate in lots of groups of like-minded entrepreneurs and find their experience and advice really inspirational!

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    1. Oh, yes! I am part of quite a few groups as well and what I learn from them is priceless!

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  12. Really great post. I don't really have a mentor per se, or rather I participate in groups of entrepreneurs and creatives, to help support each other.And even finding mentorship in other aspects of life a well. I guess really mentors come in all different shapes and sizes!

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    1. They definitely do! Groups are a great way to network with other creators and entrepreneurs as well. I love the groups I am in, they help with so much!

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  13. I had a mentor in high school! She was definitely a huge help and inspiration for me.

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  14. Mentors are very important in every stage of life- school, college, early career, even in the senior career stage. I have been lucky to have some great mentors throughout

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  15. I have been fortunate to have had several amazing mentors throughout my life. They were each knowledgeable, kind, and patient. I can’t imagine my life wi5hout their influence and help.

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  16. my mentor has always been my mum. she knows me the best and has helped me even if we do have disagreements.

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  17. Someone asked me recently about the top5 mentors in life and I had a hard time thinking of people who really did helped or mentored me in life. Glad that you got one. - myweethoughts

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  18. I agree, having a mentor is important. Some people try to do things on themselves because they believe they don't need a mentor. It's true that they will probably accomplish this, but a mentor helps speed up the process so much faster.

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  19. I hadn't considered mentorship before but I do feel like I may need it sometimes! It seems important - thank you for sharing :)

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    1. It really helps when you have another perspective to help drive you toward achieving your goals!

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  20. Mentors are extremely important and my best friend has been one such one for me. Look around and dont hesitate to ask.

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  21. I've had many mentors throughout my life from grade school all the way up through graduate school and in my professional role. I agree wholeheartedly that we all can benefit from support and wisdom of a mentor!

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  22. On my fulltime job I do have a mentor and I agree he has been invaluable over the years. However trying to start my own business I have no one. It's hard work but I'm thankful for bloggers who have great tips to help me when I feel stuck. Hopefully I'll get a real mentor at some point as it relates to my own business.

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  23. I got a mentor when I got my job. He was so knowledgeable and was the support I needed to succeed.

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  24. I don't really have a mentor now, but when I was in my doctoral program, my dissertation chair was truly a mentor. He believed in me, encouraged me, and helped me accomplish my dream of becoming Dr. Banks after a long, sometimes arduous 7 1/2 year journey!

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  25. The last time I had a work mentor was 5 years ago. She was the best boss ever and learned a lot!

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  26. Truth be told, I didn't have any mentor on my way there....I guess, I took a gamble on myself and it's paid off so far!

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  27. I've been lucky to have had several mentors throughout my life and I feel grateful for their guidance. Lately, I have often found myself in a mentorship position and it feels great to give back and hoping to make a difference.

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  28. Having a mentor is so important. We have had a few great ones in our life and career, and we are so grateful for them.

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  29. Angela Ricardo BetheaJanuary 10, 2019 at 12:00 AM

    I am so lucky before that I have a mentor. and I think that is really important. Mentors can help us in a lot of things such as love, career, and business. and we need to thanks them for helping us.

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  30. I am so thankful for my mentor! They truly are so important in helping us grow in so many aspects of life. Love your post.

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  31. I have a mentor for 5 years and She has been a big help to success and I am very thankful to have her.

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  32. Mentors come in many shapes and styles. I've had several awesome ones through the years. They are truly a blessing.

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  33. Mentors are great to have! It could really be anyone a friend or someone from church. So many ppl are going through tough times.

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