By Chris Cooper
What exactly is a mentor? It’s a person, usually more experienced than yourself, who trains, educates, and/or guides you through the same field. An advisor.
Having a mentor has been an invaluable asset to my career as not only a personal trainer, but as a blooming presenter/educator in the fitness industry. So right off the bat, I am going to recommend finding a mentor that can guide you through whatever career it is you want. They will be able to elevate your capabilities as a professional to a level that you didn’t even think of.
So why is a mentor so valuable? First and foremost, they have a wealth of knowledge and experience that can guide you through your career. In a way they are another teacher/professor for you to learn from. Think of it as a course that has no end and is always evolving. Topics that could be touched on could include:
- Avoiding certain mistakes/pitfalls
- Teaching what works/doesn’t work
- Guide you to new endeavors
- Push your limits
In much of the same way a trainer pushes their clients past certain limits, a mentor will do the very same thing.