Do you and your mentor define the word the same way?

Want to know the definition of “mentor”? I looked it up.

Men·tor – ˈmenˌtôr,ˈmenˌtər/
an experienced and trusted adviser.
“he was her friend and mentor until his death in 1915”
synonyms: adviser, guide, guru, counselor, consultant; confidant(e)
“his political mentors”
advise or train (someone, especially a younger colleague).

There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t hear someone talking about being a mentor, getting a mentor, or just exploring the whole idea of mentorship. I’ve said this on many occasions, but I don’t think we all have the same meaning for a mentor. When I asked people what a mentor does, here’s what they said:

  • Helps me get ahead in my career/advocates for me.
  • Shares their expertise in a particular subject.
  • Introduces me to people who can help me.
  • Helps me work through challenges in my workplace.
  • Advises me on how to maximise my career path.
  • Is someone who can empathise with me when I need someone to listen.
  • Someone who helps me figure out what I need to do to level up in my career.

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