I’m Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits.
Think back to a time when someone inspired you. Perhaps they spoke at an event you attended, or you may remember a college professor you loved. Whatever your memory, you probably thought of that person as a mentor. What was it about the person you saw inspiration from? Was it the way they spoke? Or was it the message they presented? Mentors have a way of giving us the needed push to accomplish what we thought was impossible.
You don’t need a face-to-face relationship for someone to be considered a mentor. In fact, you could read about someone in history or read a biography on a person. Sometimes you may find a Ted Talk that moves you. Then you reach out to that person and let them know how it impacted you. Correspondence can develop where you bounce ideas to this person.
Mentorships help people by giving them the push they need to get to a higher level. Sometimes you simply don’t know what to do next. A mentor will show you some possibilities. While they shouldn’t decide for you, they can give you some much-needed guidance. You should never blame a mentor for anything related to your life or career. If you follow the advice of a mentor and it doesn’t work out, you either didn’t follow all the steps, or it simply may not be the right path for you. The responsibility rests with you.
Never forget that mentorship is a supplement. It’s a resource, not the source. Still do your research and still tap into your own personal experiences and intuition to determine ultimately which choice you should make. Mentors are those who’ve already done what we want to do, so they use their years of research and experience to make suggestions based on where we are in our current path. The final decision, however, is always yours to make.
While there are bad mentors, it is up to you how to find the right ones. But once you do, you will have guidance that can help you attain your goals. You must be willing to take the advice of your mentor. The actions required could take you outside of your comfort zone. Often this is how you break through barriers that are holding you back. When that happens, you will see the value of a mentor that much more.
Some mentors may seem out of reach to you because of how much they cost. Some people are lucky to receive free mentoring. However, if you don’t have the luxury of free mentorship, keep in mind what you are getting out of the deal. If you’ve advanced in your career quicker than your colleagues because you paid for a decent mentor, can you put a price on that? You will more than cover the cost with both your salary and the relationships that you’ve gained from the mentorship.
It doesn’t have to be career-related. Your mentorship could be geared toward your spirituality, your health journey, your finances, your marriage, or your relationship with your children. There are so many different levels. Also, consider reaching back and becoming a mentor. It’s a two-way street. One of the best ways to set yourself to receive more is to give more. Mentorship is one of the powerful ways to both give and receive.
I am Dr. Hassan, Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own independent practice so that they can achieve financial independence and live without limits. Please go to businessofrehab.com/guide to pick up the free guide to help you determine the best business entity for your new practice.
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