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Updated on September 12, 2014

Mentors are Life Coaches

Coaching a player on a sports field. This essentially is what a mentor is a coach. Someone to help us through difficulties or train in a field.
Coaching a player on a sports field. This essentially is what a mentor is a coach. Someone to help us through difficulties or train in a field. | Source

What is a Mentor and How Can They Help Us?

Mentors are the people that will help us shape our foundation for life. They help us build a skill set with an understanding of what we need for living or in a craft. They may be an amazing mechanic that taught us the basics of an engine. Maybe they were the person who showed us the ins and outs of hunting and fishing. They are the artist that shared their techniques or the writer that took us under their wing and helped us fine tune our writing style.

Mentors are always fair in their dealings with us and in teaching us with their gathered experience. They are honest with us. They won't put us down or make us feel bad when we make mistakes. They will simply show us. They will tell us a better way through their patience and kindness.

The role of a mentor is to provide guidance to a less experienced individual and help them refine their skills. What if that mentor is someone you have never met? It is like this on sites like a former writers site called Squidoo. Squidoo had a very large community base. Among the writers that shared their experience were hundreds of folks you could consider mentors. Many of them have migrated to Hubpages and beyond now, but the the valuable information they have imparted to us through their tips and writing helped us improve our communicating through the written word.

I think a role model is a mentor - someone you see on a daily basis, and you learn from them.

— Denzel Washington

Mentoring on and off the Internet

Mentor is term based on a character from Greek Mythology. Mentor has been adopted in English as a term meaning someone who imparts wisdom to and shares knowledge with a less experienced colleague. (wikipedia article: Mentor)

Mentors are coaches or trusted guides instructing us through life or educating us in specific areas we may need help with. Early in life they are our cub scout leaders or den mothers. Later on they are our High School guidance counselors. They are the big sisters and big brothers in our lives. In school they are the teachers who have the biggest impact on us and hold our attention. In a 12 step program they are our sponsors. Maybe they are an aunt or uncle. They may be a family friend who sees a potential in us for an area they have expertise in or maybe they are an older friend we glean insight from.

Mentors and Life Coaches

Did you or do you now have a mentor in your life or a person you can consider a life coach?

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The Expert in Anything Was Once a Beginner

I love this statement. Facing certain challenges in life or wanting to learn something new, we all need someone to help guide us through the process. Seeking out a mentor helps simplify the efforts.
I love this statement. Facing certain challenges in life or wanting to learn something new, we all need someone to help guide us through the process. Seeking out a mentor helps simplify the efforts. | Source

Mentor Or Life Coach

When I was in grade school the family across the street were some of my early mentors. Their mother taught drama and other classes at UNLV. She was always describing things dramatically and usually ended a sentence with "Says, I! drawn out. She was a great story teller and her daughters were all influential in our thinking. They all became college graduates.

A mentor or a life coach can help get you through difficult times or just teach you how to see the world through a new direction. They help us understand and answer difficult questions.

How To Be A Mentor - Mentoring & Life Coaching

Mentoring is a serious commitment. It takes patience and a lot of skill to properly guide another fellow being in a path you are experienced in. The rules to follow are not etched in stone, but there are some guides to help you along the way. Be honest. Be trustworthy. Give good solid advice. Be patient. Sometimes those we have taken under our wing will only take in so much information in a timed sitting so you have to be able to let them catch up to the experience level we are guiding them to. We have to let their understanding catch up with their mental workings!

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Mentoring is a serious commitment to a subject or way of life that enhances the life of another. If you have a Mentor, thank them for the helpful guidance they have given. Become a Mentor yourself in time and pass that knowledge on to keep the circle going.

© 2013 Maria Burgess

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @katiecolette: Good deal, Katiecolette! I am glad the plexo worked and you were able to add to it! I appreciate your visit very much! Thank you!

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      katiecolette 4 years ago

      Just added Tipi and LisaAuch to your Squidoo mentors list :) Great lens!

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @TheLittleCardShop: Thanks for stopping in! I hope you added your profile link to the list!

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      Malu Couttolenc 4 years ago

      You've added wonderful Squidoo mentors. They are always helpful and I've learned a lot from them :)