Often times I talk about how 20 somethings need mentors and the desperate search for mentors. But there is an aspect of mentoring and 20 somethings that seems to get left out. The aspect that is missing is the 20 somethings themselves.
I think the biggest barrier that separates potential mentors and mentee’s (no matter the age) is both individuals do not think they have anything to offer to one another.
Simply put, this is not true.
The discussion that took place last week around the subject of 20 Somethings and the Relevance of Christian Conferences was a healthy one indeed. It provided a lot of people the chance to express their thoughts, feelings, and most importantly their ideas. But sometimes the mentor takes the beating (in the discussion last week it was conferences) when the mentee is the ones to blame.
20 Somethings it is time to stop…
Looking for answers
Feeling sorry for ourselves
20 Somethings it is time to start…
Devoting time to task
Asking for help
Caring for those that cannot care for themselves
Can it be this black and white? Yes, I think it can.
Far to long 20 somethings have cried out for mentors and for opportunity only to run and hide when their voice is heard. We sit around talking about the “what if’s” only to return to the mundane and scared life the next morning.
The challenge is simple, start doing something
Join a small group
Volunteer at church
Ask a leader out for coffee
Turn off the TV and start a company
Take a trip our of the country
Ask someone to mentor you
The list could go on and on. The problem is we have so many ideas but such poor execution that before we know it we are not 20 somethings anymore and now we are the ones that are suppose to be leading but are still stuck hiding behind the “what if’s”.