5 Reasons Good Mentees Improve Your Life

Jordan Carroll
May 19, 2017 · 5 min read
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1. Learning & Retention: I learn the most when I teach.

Using your experiences and expertise to teach others is a foundation of mentorship. I’m fortunate enough to guest lecture at my alma mater, Chico State, for Brittany Fortune’s class. Speaking engagements within my company, Dinner Dialogues, also provide me a stage to educate. Each opportunity is a privilege, and it reinforces my preparation habits with external accountability. I strive to be an interactive, dynamic, and impactful speaker. Creating lesson plans with vigorous research bolsters my ability to retain information, condense my message, and legitimize my perspective. These platforms of interaction allow me to connect with incredibly smart people who I can mentor.

2. Networking: Gain access to communities of thought-leaders.

3. Gratitude: Giving back helps me find purpose and fulfillment.

Gratitude and appreciation drives my purpose and fulfillment in life. When I’m gracious for what I have I find that the world around me is engaging and loving back. From my experiences, I’ve gleaned lessons that I can share. Being able to share them makes me happy!

4. Accountability: Having a good mentee obliges me to practice what I preach.

When I give advice to someone, I present an objective perspective of what I would do in their situation. What’s ironic is that sometimes I don’t follow my own advice because of my own subjectivity or bias. Verbalizing guidance to a mentee creates a system of accountability. It imposes me to think about what I’ve done to be successful, determine if I’m staying true to my principles, and ask myself “am I drinking my own kool-aid?”

5. Leadership: I’m developing my future mentor.


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