Who is your mentor?

October 21, 2014 | by Jack Sitch

Who helps you keep focus on your goals, dreams and aspirations? I hope you actually have a person who helps you in these areas because that focus is so vital to your success and the ability to maintain this focus can falter over time – sometimes in such small increments you don’t even notice until you have done some damage to your momentum.

Now you can recover from this loss of focus but it is so much better to simply have someone help you maintain your focus. The person you choose to help needs to be someone who you trust to be honest with you and won’t just let you slide because you have a good excuse for losing your focus. For some of us the choice of a parent to fill this role is good except that we tend to argue with our parents and consider them too controlling. So maybe that person you choose needs to be someone who you have a trusting relationship with and is someone you respect. Maybe that person could be a mentor?

Have you ever thought about developing a relationship with a mentor, someone who you respect and is successful in ways that you would like to emulate? I can’t seriously think of a better way to help ensure your own success than to have a good mentor. I know that living in the Black Hills can have an impact on this as there are fewer people in our choice of professions to serve in this capacity, but that should never be a reason to not have a mentor. Maybe you can look beyond the obvious and as an aspiring producer you could choose a person who is a successful business person. Maybe as an aspiring screen actor you can choose from one of the many great stage actors we have in the area. There are many options available, and for me the only one you should stay clear of is not having a mentor.

Let me know how I can help you find a mentor for you. Contact me at the Black Hills Institute of Broadcast & Cinematic Arts or email me at sitch.jack@gmail.com. Please remember to share this post. Thank you.