Updated: Feb 10, 2022
If you study the most successful people who have ever lived, the common denominator of their success is that they have always had mentors.... without exception! Personally speaking I spent more than a decade looking for a mentor before meeting Chris Nash who I felt could offer me the level of guidance and support I was looking for in line with the aspirations I had for my life.
I decided to invest in my own mentorship through Lighthouse International Group because I didn't have it available to me through family, school, university or the workplace. It was a breath of fresh psychological air to have someone genuinely listen to what was meaningful to me, my life and my future. Although incredibly challenging at times, mentorship has exceeded my expectations and it's a tragedy that authentic mentorship is not more common in today's society. For example, the mental health in young people is decaying increasingly every year. We now live in a country where, here in the UK, 7% of young people are attempting to end their own lives by the time they are 17!! Before their life has barely begun - we have the responsibility to ask ourselves what support they are receiving?
As part of our research into human potential, myself and the rest of the team spent 3 months on the streets of London interviewing over 5,000 people about life lessons, mentorship and their goals. What astounded me is how less than a handful of the hundreds of people I personally spoke to actually had a mentor. Some said they had been a mentor, but a tiny number had received it. There were even people who didn't know what a mentor was!
It's not a complete surprise, the reality is that the personal development industry has a pretty poor reputation. So with that in mind and heart, where should you put your trust? It’s not in mentorship coaching that you should be putting your trust, it’s in who is behind the mentorship coaching. What is that person's character? Do they have the competence? Is this person teaching because they aren’t really good at doing? Are they simply trying to make a few beans out of doing that? This is very common - the whole life coaching industry is full of it!
Paul Stephen Waugh explains, in the video below, who you can trust and why, in an industry that many are (rightly) skeptical about. We explain more in this article about what really qualifies someone to be a mentor or coach.
To speak to the team and learn more about what mentorship coaching involves at Lighthouse International Group, please check out our Mentoring & Coaching page. You can also learn more about the real-life experiences of our mentors and mentees at Lighthouse International Group on our Mentoring page of our Community site.
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