The art of listening is something I am constantly learning. And I think it’s especially critical when entering into a mentoring relationship.
When you ask someone to be your mentor, you are essentially asking them to provide counsel in wisdom. Don’t get me wrong, this does not mean that there advice is flawless and you should hang on to every word he or she says. But there’s a level at which you need to prepare your heart to learn and maybe even be challenged.
I think some people just like to say that they have a mentor but don’t want real change and that’s scary. It’s scary because you can begin to deceive yourself and really believe real change is happening with no work.
Listening may be another simple concept but it’s too often forgotten. As a person being mentored (and for the mentor as well) sometimes its just better to shut up and listen.