Proteges often seek out their mentor. The mentoring relationship is reciprocal and benefits both the mentor and protege. Drastic differences between mentor and protege often make the best match. Mentors with different skills and backgrounds often provide a refreshing and challenging learning experience.
Before selecting a mentor, clearly define what you want to accomplish in a mentoring relationship such as:
- Improving Sales Skills
- Career Growth and Professional Advancement
- Balancing Work and Life
- Starting a Team
In addition, define the reasons why someone would want to mentor you—why they should take the time to invest in your future. Share these at the appropriate time with your prospective mentor as you cultivate the relationship.
You may need several mentors throughout your real estate career. You may have several mentors at one time to help you with different aspects of practice or you may have one primary mentor with others who assist you on a less frequent basis.
Seek a person who is not in a supervisory relationship with you. Seek someone with whom you can have an open and honest dialogue without hesitation. Do not be afraid to ask another REALTOR to be your mentor. If you feel more comfortable, ask them to be a mentor for just one aspect of your practice, such as sales skills or client development.