1. Knowledge Transfer: Mentorship is a direct channel for transferring knowledge and expertise. Experienced mentors provide insights that often can't be found in books or classrooms. They share their experiences, mistakes, and lessons learned, giving mentees a valuable shortcut to success.
2. Personal Growth: Mentors offer not just professional guidance but also aid in personal development. They help mentees set goals, build self-confidence, and develop crucial soft skills like effective communication, leadership, and problem-solving. These are essential for coach-athlete interactions and between staff members.
3. Expanding Networks: Through mentors, individuals gain access to extensive networks and valuable connections. These connections can open doors, create opportunities, and enhance career prospects. A mentor's endorsement can carry significant weight in professional circles. It's important that you focus on creating opportunities for others, even if it means losing them to another team for a better opportunity.
4. Emotional Support: Mentorship extends beyond the professional realm. Mentors provide emotional support, helping mentees navigate challenges, setbacks, and tough decisions. The mentor-mentee relationship often becomes a source of inspiration and encouragement. The season is grueling. Things happen both on and off the field, and a mentor is someone to confide in to get you through the tough times.
5. Fresh Perspectives: Mentors offer fresh perspectives and unbiased opinions. They can help mentees see situations from different angles, fostering creativity and critical thinking.
6. Accountability: Mentors hold mentees accountable for their goals and aspirations. This accountability drives individuals to take action and remain focused on their objectives.
7. Legacy and Tradition: Mentorship perpetuates knowledge and traditions from generation to generation. It preserves the wisdom of the past and ensures its continued relevance in the future. This is my personal favorite, as true mentors communicate their shortcomings so that you have a greater chance of early success.
BRENT STROM'S GOLDEN RULES
All of us can be a mentor to another. Even a high school player can mentor teammates and those playing at lower levels. The keys are to create rules for who and how you mentor, short points that can be remembered that get you from A to B fast. I am going to share Brent's for me here:
* Value other people's opinions, but don't forget to value your own
* Admit your mistakes so that others don't make them
* Be informed with data so that "feel" actually is real
* Do not be afraid of having crucial conversations to help the ball club
* Stay current and keep your learning valve on if you desire high achievement
* Make sure your work-life balance has more life-work balance
* Embrace the suck, as it won't last forever
After reading this article, take a moment and write down your golden rules and then share them with someone you want to positively influence and see their true potential. They could be a teammate, a friend, another staff member, or anyone who you see your place in guiding their path.
The ironic thing is that the mentee can also be a mentor. I was so grateful that 12 years after we met when I was a peon, part-time coach for the St. Louis Cardinals, I made Brent's List.
When the student is ready, the teacher appears. I went from being a student of Brent's to a teacher, and that brings everything full circle on why you want to be a mentor, as one day, you will receive the enlightenment, energy, time, and commitment that you shared coming back to you 10-fold.
You are ready to be a Dual-Certified ArmCare Elite Member. And if you already are, the teacher has appeared, and it's time to put your athletes on a path of success that only 26,000 athletes are currently on.
The MLB season is ending. The competitive college schedule is ending. The elite high school season is ending.
Dominating your ArmScore is just beginning.