A few questions to as yourself when looking for a mentor.
A mentor can do many things from train you to do things how they do it to help you get noticed at work and get that promotion you've been gunning for. You'll always need to ask yourself some questions when looking for a mentor because you never want to follow someone that doesn't have your best intentions in mind. Mentors can be a great thing, as long as they intended to help you out without draining your budget because then they teeter on the edge from being a mentor or a service provider. That's why in this discussion I'll be going over a few questions you should ask yourself prior to investing yourself into a mentor and hoping they do the same with you.
Is your potential mentor happy with their career?
If your potential mentor is happy with their career choice, it will show in their work, and that's always a benefit for you. If the mentor isn't happy with what they're doing, it won't work out for you in the long run because they won't be investing themselves into the work, especially when you're asking them a bunch of questions and expecting quality answers. If you're really invested in finding the right mentor, you need to find someone that is happy with what they're doing because that will help you achieve what you want to, in a shorter amount of time.
Do you have admiration for this mentor?
Your potential mentor should be someone you look up to because they're in the field you want to be in and they have achieved goals you are trying to hit yourself. This is a pretty obvious point, but if you don't admire your potential mentor, why are you even considering them to help you out? Your mentor will treat you as a business relationship, so you better bring something to the table that they can benefit from.
Will this person actually listen to you?
When you talk to this person, do they actually listen to you or do they brush off your comments and concerns because the mentor thinks they're unimportant? A good listener is what a mentor is because they need to know what your problems are prior to helping you fix them, or to help you grow as a person. A great mentor will show you the right path and not try to alter your entire business model. They will help you out along your journey, while adding in their own suggestions, but they will never make you do something you don't want to.
Does your potential mentor ever challenge you?
Learning something new and difficult isn't something we always want to do, and that is why a good mentor will challenge you along the way. A great mentor will challenge you, but will never push you in a direction they deem the best route. Rather, they will help you with what you want to do but they will push back on ideas that might not be the best for your success. This will allow you to see from their point of view and get a better understanding of what needs to be done in order to achieve your goals which they have already surpassed.
Finding the right mentor isn't always the easiest thing to do. You need to know if they like what they're doing or if they're burnt out because that will be a key factor in if they can help you achieve success. You should usually admire your potential mentor because of their qualifications and what they've already done in their careers because you want to do the same. You don't need a mentor who won't listen, a great one will listen to all of your questions and concerns, then address each of them with some quality information. And to round it out, you will need a mentor that will actually challenge you, because that is how you build as a person and boost your own websites or businesses towards success in a quicker timeframe