I’m sure you’ve heard some variation of the phrase, “If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re doing it wrong.” Why is that true? Because we all should be striving to be a little bit better at our jobs than we were the day before. If you’re the smartest person in the room – how will you grow? This is why it’s so important to find a mentor! Many people don’t know where to begin. Don’t fret – I’ve got you covered. I’ll be talking about a number of different ways you can find mentors and how to get the most out of those relationships.
Since most of you are in the spa/wellness industry, that’s where I’ll focus my attention in this section. Most of you know that I run a Spa Mastermind and Online Community called SpaHive. This is a group that encourages spa professionals to have honest conversations about themselves and their businesses. We gather together at least once a year to get to the root of our obstacles and spend time with a group of other spa professionals to figure a way around those obstacles. This event (and the community for that matter) is intended for one thing: growth. Anyone who has experienced growth knows that it can hurt a little at first, connect with others and find someone to guide you through those times!
If you don’t find your mentor at a SpaHive Mastermind or in our SpaHive Community, look for a professional that inspires you. My personal suggestion is to seek someone out who is either in a different market than your spa or they’ve retired (after a long, successful spa career). Unfortunately, some that are still running spas might feel like you’re competition and may not take you on as a mentee. If you’re in a different market, however, chances are they will be more open to a mentor/mentee relationship.
Now, understand that if you really look up to this person, you might feel a little intimidated to reach out to your potential mentor. Remember what I said earlier. Growth often hurts, so take a deep breath and send that email or make that phone call asking if they would be willing to mentor you. The absolute worst thing they will say….. is no.
Also, recognize that some people mentor others as a business, so it’s not outside the norm for a mentor to be paid. If they present you with that option, weigh out the benefits versus the cost and if it makes sense – go for it! It can only help develop you into the best version of your professional self.
No doubt you’ve seen your fair share of health coaches and mentors out there. I feel like I see at least two to three Facebook ads a day promoting different health coaches. It’s definitely a popular type of mentorship and for good reason. As a society, we’re not as healthy as we should be. Not just physically, but we’re also unhealthy mentally and spiritually. We’ve become way too good at ignoring ourselves and becoming hyper-focused on either other family members, our businesses or any number of other things.
Health mentors typically take calls with you on a weekly basis to go over the previous week and to give you “homework” or goals for the week ahead. Having someone that you’re accountable to makes a huge difference. Since there’s only one you, you’re an invaluable asset to your family, your friends, and your business. If you won’t take care of yourself for yourself, do it for all of the other things and people you care about.
Try Your Hand at Being a Mentor
Being a mentor to someone else can do a couple of things for you. You can pay it forward if you’ve had a mentor or currently have a mentor. It also gives you a perspective that many don’t think to seek out. If you get someone new in the industry, you’ll get to see your industry with a fresh pair of eyes. This sort of perspective can lead to being able to market to a more diverse demographic in ways you wouldn’t have though of in the past. It can also be a great way to brainstorm with your mentee to come up with outside the box ideas to use in both of your spas.
Whether you formally seek out a professional mentor, become a mentor or seek to better your health, all of the above options are bound to better your career. A healthy you is a better you for yourself, employees and clients. The saying “two minds are better than one” couldn’t be more true. Gain some new perspectives and turn a stagnant career into one that you’re excited about again.