Good Mentor vs. Bad Mentor – The Difference


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Have you ever thought about what a mentor’s purpose is and what you can gain from having one? We see it all the time in movies and books. Anakin had Obe Wan. Harry Potter had Dumbledore.  Daniel LaRusso had Mr. Miyagi.

A mentor is vital to your success -whether you think so or not.

Think about it this way, everyone great started where you are now. (Yes, that’s from Harry Potter. ) You can see their years of experience and wonder why you’re not successful now. But the truth it, it took them a while to get there with or without help. 

The advice of a mentor and their guidance is the difference between you reaching your peak or your pit.

Why Do I Need A Mentor?

A mentor can be anyone, a friend, former teacher, the limit doesn’t exist. What DOES exist is the reality that there are mentors who are good and ones who aren’t.

I’m here to help you understand the difference between the good instead of a bad one and if a mentor is something that you should consider.

But you must understand that mentors aren’t “one-size-fits-all”. 

There are mentors who are good for some people but are simply a bad fit for you. Mentor and mentee compatibility is key when you’re on the hunt for a mentor to guide you through your career, emotional support, or academic advancement.

To help you get started, here are some actions you need to take right now to help you get on track:

STOP mindlessly scrolling on Instagram. Take advantage of social media to develop your mindset and knowledge.⁣⁣

Find people who’ve achieved what YOU want to achieve.⁣⁣ You don’t have to ask “Will you be my mentor?” to anyone that you’re inspired by. Watch and learn.
Find out how you can learn from them! Do they have a course you can take? Are they offering special products or life advice on their IG live? Don’t miss an opportunity to gain wisdom from those you admire.

Traits of a Good Mentor

  1. They act as a guide rather than a supervisor.
  2. They know when and what to do to encourage you.
  3. They use critique to bring out the best in you.
  4. They add value to your life and your goals.
  5. Always accessible to their mentees.

Traits of a Bad Mentor

  1. Instead of guiding you through problems, they try to fix them for you.
  2. They take on the title of mentor and none of the responsibility.
  3. They lack the commitment to mentor you.
  4. Their interest in mentoring you wanes over time.
  5. They’re only superficially involved and still expect gratitude for their “help.”

Some additional notes for mentees by Mr. Miyagi:

Wax On, Wax Off– If the mentor teaches, the mentee must be receptive to learning. Your life isn’t going to get fixed just because you have a mentor. YOU have to put in the work too.

Paint the Fence. Sand the Floor. Side to Side. – Some teaching techniques might not look conventional but that doesn’t mean you’re not learning.

There are no bad students, only bad teachers.” Mr. Miyagi

Are you ready to find your Mr. Miyagi? For this and more articles like it, check out my other blog posts about Win Over Corona Virus: Best Work-from-Home Tools & Strategies for Entrepreneurs & Professionals


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