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I don’t think we have enough conversations about mentors, so in this episode, I’m talking with author Kelsey Chapman about the lie that you have to do everything alone. In her latest book, What They Taught Me, Kelsey writes about the mentors who stepped into her life to give her the wisdom, inspiration, and support she needed in different seasons. Today she’s sharing how she defines a mentor and offers practical advice on how to find a mentor and become that person for someone else.

Key points from our conversation on how to find a mentor:

Think of a mentor as a guide. Everyone wants to be the hero in their story, but there’s always a guide to get the hero over the hump.

Mentors aren’t perfect, but they excel in an area that you want to cultivate. Through proximity and learning lessons through friendship, it creates shortcuts to our dreams.

We can be a mentor by sharing the wisdom of what we’ve learned the hard way. “That’s how we go further together. That is community.”

You should be praying for a mentor in your life, but you will also have to act. It’s uncomfortable to initiate a mentorship, but the reward is so worth the risk of putting yourself out there.

No one feels prepared to be a mentor. You’ll need to start before you’re ready. No one expects you to have everything figured out, they’re just expecting you to share what has worked and what hasn’t. We often don’t realize something comes naturally to us that is difficult for others.

Kelsey’s best mentors have been consistent, present, and willing.

Mentorship requires making yourself vulnerable. You cannot have a connection without pain, but the reward is worth the pain.

Your mentor has the right to correct but how you, but often they are willing to let you learn the hard way.

They’re empowering you to make your own decisions; they’re also there to help you pick up the pieces. It’s the connection that brings transformation.

Kelsey is passionate about teaching women how to find a mentor and be a mentor to others.

Kelsey Chapman is an author, podcaster, and personal cheerleader to women building their dream life and business. When she first launched her own brand in 2015, she felt all the overwhelming feelings, too. It was scary to take such a huge leap and commit to showing up for a dream she didn’t know would pan out. Mentorship is what pushed her to rise up and continue making her dream a reality.

Her mentors helped shape her character so she could become the CEO and leader she is today. Now she is excited to pay it forward and be that cheerleader for you, too… because she believes you can turn your wildest dreams into reality.

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