Years ago a school teacher saw a child playing games in the bushes. The child was no extraordinary, he was a simple child, playing games that kids of his age did. But it was that teacher who recognised the extraordinary and nurtured him to become one of the greatest Kings this land ever saw. It was the under the mentor ship of Chanakya that Chandragupta Maurya was able to establish the Kingdom of Magadha. Without the mentor, the king would have been nothing.
A mentor is a term derived from an old Greek legend in which a king who was heading for a war had to leave his son in the care of his very close friend, instead of leaving him to his wife and Mentor grew up to be a very wise and noble king.
You don’t need a mentor to gain knowledge. You have books and online sources for that. You need a mentor to learn the practical details and proper implementation of knowledge. These intricacies and working knowledge can only and only be taught by a guru or a mentor.
So why do we need a Mentor?
1) Recognising and achieving your potential: Had it not been for Chanakya, Chandragupta would have never realised his potential as a king. It was only after his mentor recognised his true potential, he became what he was. Similarly in life we can achieve what we want by perseverance and hard work, but we need a mentor to know our potential and bring out the best in us.
2) They know the right doors:
Dipa Karmakar made our country proud with her Produnova vault, had it not been for her mentor she would have never known what a Produnova vault is and the intricacies of landing it. She had the talent, but it was her mentor who shaped it and guided her on the path to reach the Olympics.
A teacher knows whats important and what are the shenanigans. They can show you correct ways and the right doors. This makes our journey to success more efficient and easy.
3) Use their pool of experience:
Your mentor knows more than you. They have been around longer and have seen things that you have’t. This means their experiences can tell you the mistakes that have been committed before and guide you towards the correct direction. Our life is too short to make all the mistakes ourselves and learn, it’s better to learn from the past and make a better future. They have walked the walk that you are walking, learn from them.
In the end I would like to quote the famous couplets by Kabir,
Guru govind dono khade, kaake lagu paaye. Balihari guru aapno, govind diyo bataye
“Teacher and Lord are both there, whom to be adore. but teacher you are great, who told us that god is greater”
This article was written in collaboration with Dr Prerna Motwani, Medical Content Manager, Curofy- India’s largest community of verified doctors and Dr Rohan Khandelwal.