• Nick Henderson

Why having a mentor is a must

Updated: Sep 14

A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.” — Bob Proctor


I had just gone through the hardest six-month season of my life. I was 20 years old and going into my junior year of college at Liberty University, but was back home in Florida for the summer.


In those six months, I dealt with the loss of multiple family members, including my mom, was turned down from multiple internships and was overwhelmed with coursework. I was discouraged, to say the least.


I had all but given up on the previous aspirations I had for myself. I wanted to graduate college early, pastor at a large church in a big city and experience the world outside of my smaller hometown.


Yet, at this point, I preferred something safe. I wanted to save my money, drop out of college due to the expenses, get an easy job that paid enough for me to live and run the road of least resistance.


Meeting my mentor

I felt this way until a man by the name of Mr. Devin, who I now consider my mentor, reached out to meet with me. We sat down for coffee the next day.


In this meeting, I was vulnerable as I began to share my fears, doubts, and puny plans with him. Honestly, I feel slightly embarrassed by my lack of self - confidence as I reflect back on it.


After listening intently for a while, he leaned forward and began to emphatically rebuke the doubts I shared and went on to encourage me immensely. He shared with me for over an hour and a half about how God put me on this planet for great purposes and that my current circumstances were not indicative of the plans the Lord had for me going forward.


I left that appointment with a passion and fire to put a fat dent in the world for the glory of God and follow through with my previous aspirations. Nothing was going to stop me.


It was that talk that eventually morphed into bi-weekly meetings and then phone calls when I went back to college. We discussed goal setting, handling stress, leading others and so much more. Gaining all of this insight was life changing.


To be candid, I do not know where I would be or what I would be doing if it was not for my crossing paths with Mr. Devin. But, I do know that chances are slim that I would have taken the leap to go back to school and move far away from my comfort zone to chase after what God had for me if it hadn’t been for his mentorship.


With my eventual moving away to Texas, he encouraged me to always be in the habit of meeting with people wiser than me. This way I would never slip into a stagnant or complacent mindset.


Mentorship can look multiple ways

So, since living in Houston, I have made it a point to meet with someone wiser than me every week. These men and women are from all walks of life. Some are successful entrepreneurs; some are pastors, while others are just phenomenal leaders of their family. Regardless of their title or profession though, I have gleaned so much wisdom from every person I have met with.


Which goes to show that seeking mentorship is not just about finding one person to meet with you every week. It can be that, but it also can be meeting with multiple people you look up to and gaining insight from them.


In fact, I will be sharing some of the most valuable principles I have learned through this process in the coming weeks in a new blog series called “Leadership Lessons” – stay tuned!


With all of this, if you find yourself stuck, stagnant or curious about how to get to the next level in your profession or life in general, invite a mentor or mentors into your life. It has changed my path immensely and I am confident it will do the same for you.

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