“If you think about the most valuable advice I’ve ever gotten from a mentor, it was this: if you’re going to be a coach in any capacity, just make a commitment. Because it takes a lot of work to be good at something you love. You can learn a lot by spending a lot of time doing it, but it’s not always going to be the easiest thing in the world to do.”
5. A great mentor will always put their clients’ best interests first.
“I always felt that it was important to put my clients first, even when it was difficult,” says Kelli. “I’m not just a guy who gets a paycheck. I care about them, and I care about their lives. It’s my duty to take care of them.”
6. A great mentor will make you want to do more.
“I think the most powerful lesson I’ve learned is to never underestimate the power of wanting to do more,” says Kelli. “Being a successful coach has been an amazing experience, and it’s changed my life. But my desire to do more than I’m doing has been the thing that has kept me going. I’ve gotten more from doing coaching than I’ve ever gotten from my job.”
7. A great mentor can always find the way to get your attention.
“You can’t just be a friend, a peer, or a good friend,” says Kelli. “You have to really want to help them. If you want them to succeed, you have to want to succeed. This is a good way to start.”
8. A great mentor will always show you a different way of looking at the game.
“I was always told that I have a ‘glass half-full’ perspective,” says Kelli. “It’s hard for me to remember when I was not so successful, but I always felt like I was making a little progress every time I’d get a break.”
9. A great mentor knows when to let go.
“I think there are lots of times when my coaches could have let me down, and I think it’s a good thing to know when they need to go,” says Kelli. “And I always let them know. It’s part of the deal. If I have to give up on you, I’ll do it.”
10. A great mentor will always be there for you when you need it.
“I’ve been lucky to have a lot of really great coaches, and I’ve had the opportunity to work with so many different people,” says Kelli. “Sometimes people have a hard time letting go, because they just want to do more. But in the end, if you keep making your own decisions, you’ll find a way to continue working with them.”
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