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(Upbeat music) - So my definition of mentorship is someone that you have access to that you could watch and see how they do things and take note and implement it in your own life. Mentorship isn't some contract that you sign or you have a set schedule where you connect for one hour every other week or something like that. So for each relationship, it's going to be different. One mentor may want to get coffee in the lobby of his office once a month where another one only has time to get together twice a year. So it really depends on the relationship with the mentor and his or her schedule.
Mentorship is simply put someone that kind of shows you the way and is investing time into you to hopefully see you be successful as well. To give you an example, one of my mentors that is really close to me right now because we work together, Felipe, I'm watching him at all times I'm watching the way that he writes emails the way that he negotiates, the way that he hires talent. I'm taking note on everything. And also because I'm so close to him, I get to get a lot of feedback from him and sometimes it's hard to swallow but I know it's in the best interest to make me a better professional. And then there's other people you know that are mentors for me from afar.
I would never even think that I consider them as a mentor, for example Jerry Seinfeld I watched all of his Youtube content, I watched all of his shows because I love the way that he thinks and the way he interacts with people and his charisma, and yeah, to me Jerry Seinfeld is a mentor as well and he doesn't even know my name. So mentors don't always have to know that you're taking note and that you're learning from them. When you're looking for a mentor, strip the formalities. Lose the contract. That's not how it's done. Look for people who are giving you access into their knowledge and they're sharing it with you.
There's always someone that can benefit from your mentorship. You could be a freshman in college at your university and there's someone out there that's working their butt off to try and be in your position. And you may think, you're just a freshman in college, you're out trying to find mentors to help you navigate the next four years of college. But there's someone looking at you saying that they want to be in your position so you know, be open and help out those people. I always say the second you stop giving, you're going to stop receiving.
So give, give, give and always be on an equal playing field. As much as I'm receiving, I'm giving at the same time to people who need it.