January is National Mentoring Month. Realizing that it's National Mentoring Month made me wonder what else I can do to mentor others. According to the official NMM website:
To be a mentor, you don't need special skills, just an ability to listen and to offer friendship, guidance and encouragement to a young person. And you'll be amazed by how much you'll get out of the experience.
Helping young people is great, and it's why I'm happy to be on the Theta Tau Educational Foundation board supporting college students who belong to the fraternity. In fact, one of the key skills I look forward to teaching my student brothers is how to be a mentor to others.
But it's not just young people who can benefit from mentors. Sometimes we all need to talk to someone who can help us be successful. In order to connect with more people I can help, I'm trying a new tool: Clarity. It's a service that helps you find, schedule and pay for expert advice over the phone to help you be more productive. All of my earnings go to charity:water.