When you think of what it takes to be a mentor, does an image of Mother Teresa or Gandhi come to mind? Many of us believe that being a mentor is all about having great wisdom to share or being able to come up with the most profound advice with a blink of an eye. The thought can be scary and often that fear keeps us from making a choice to become a mentor. However, what if someone told you that you could be yourself, not change your life, and make a huge impact all at the same time? Would your fears ease? Would you change what your thoughts of being a mentor were?
It Starts With Being You
Big Brothers and Big Sisters gives you the opportunity to share your experiences with someone that truly deserves to hear what you have to say. When you were a child, there were people you probably looked up to and thought “wow, they are so darn cool!” Some people made a positive impact on your life and helped mold you into who you are today. Passing on those experiences and lessons to a child does not have to be scary. Being a mentor is a label you can wear with pride!
Sharing your Hobbies and Passions
Being a mentor is not about changing who you are and what you believe in to accommodate someone else. It is about sharing what you know, what you do and what you have learned in life. If you have hobbies that you partake in, share those with someone and show them what it takes to enjoy those hobbies. Perhaps you have a unique talent that you could teach someone. Everyone enjoys learning something new and sharing a hobby builds a great foundation for mentoring.
Experience is the Teacher of All Things
Your experience in life can offer advice for children that they would not have thought of. You have been through it and can offer some great insight into issues or problems and can help with a solution. A fresh perspective is something that mentors bring to the table. As a mentor, your trials and tribulations become an active learning ground for children that need mentors. Experience is a powerful tool and can help people become more confident in themselves and more comfortable in their surroundings.
Little Things Make Life Amazing
Sharing what you do every day is what really matters. It has been said that it is the little things in life that have the largest impacts. As a mentor, you get to share what you do and the small things that make your day better. Whether it is visiting a local animal shelter, making cookies, or going for a run, these little things that we often don’t think are important, can be the highlight of someone else’s day. You do not have to change what you do, simply share it.
Mentoring is all about being YOURSELF. Mentoring is not something that is intimidating. Mentoring is all about sharing your story, your experiences, and your insight. Don’t let fear deter you from sharing who you are with someone that can benefit from everything that has made you who you are. Be a mentor and be yourself!