mentorship-I didn't expect this.

Mentorship-I Didn’t Expect This

Mentorship-I Didn’t Expect This

Well, folks, that’s it. Today wrapped up my 6-month mentorship with Glenn.

Going into mentorship, I had no idea what to expect. I just knew that I didn’t know what I was doing, and unless I wanted to spend months flopping around like a fish out of water, I needed help. I didn’t expect hiring a mentor would change everything so much.

Who knew there was so much to learn about blogging? Or online business, for that matter. People make it sound so easy.

mentorship helped me grow my blog

Learning all I have about marketing, advertising, and making videos, I wasn’t expecting all of that.

I also didn’t expect to learn so much about myself.

Who knew it would be such a rollercoaster ride?

And that it would be over almost as quickly.

Six months will fly by when you’re having fun and learning all the things you didn’t know you needed to know.

I Didn’t Expect To Learn About…

So much stuff.

Of course, we covered the basics of blogging, such as the steps required to write and publish a decent blog post. Learning to write and publish a blog post took some time. There are a lot of steps to remember and technical stuff, and I was clueless.

We naturally covered the basics and importance of blog commenting and the what and what not to do.

I learned how to identify reputable websites and spam comments, which can be surprisingly tricky when you don’t know what to look for. Without Glenn’s keen eye and mentorship, this would have been a tough one to learn.

We touched on advertising psychology, email marketing, and how simple or complicated it can be to make videos. When I say complex, I am referring to the technical components. However, we did discuss overcoming personal issues such as the fear of making videos. Glenn also offered some excellent actionable tips to help move the process along. I, of course, prefer simple so I have a cheap webcam or my phone. No fancy studio here yet!

mentorship taught me about email marketing

I was prepared to learn about blogging-specific stuff, but I didn’t prepare to learn about the rest. I was even less ready for how working with Glenn would affect me personally.

I Didn’t Expect Personal Growth.

I didn’t expect the personal growth that I have experienced in the six months of mentorship with Glenn.

Personal growth is an area that is hard to show tangible results. Unless you know someone well, you can’t possibly know if that person has changed. Because of this, you will have to take my word for it.

Glenn and I have had some pretty uncomfortable conversations. He asked some tough questions and expected answers.

I was going to say uncomfortable for me, but when I sit and think about it, I’m sure a few have been awkward for him as well.

After all, I didn’t always do things as I should have, some things I procrastinated doing, and I may have even dropped the ball completely a few times.

I know, hard to believe, right?

Well, it happened. And because Glenn is such an awesome guy, I had to face my shit and deal with it. There were some things he wasn’t letting me get away with.

Dealing with fears, mental blocks, and the other junk holding me back allowed me to continue my blog and significantly impacted my personal life.

When you have spent your entire life blindly following orders, the awareness one needs to take command of their life can be an uncomfortable transition. Unavoidable, uncomfortable, and possibly downright painful.

It affects every area of your life: your business, relationships with your spouse and kids, your social life, all of it.

I am not the same person now as I was six months ago.

The biggest surprise was one I wasn’t even aware was such a big issue.

I Didn’t Expect The Huge Confidence Boost.

mentorship boosted my confidence

Ok, the whole writing part made me a bit uneasy. I hadn’t done any actual writing since high school, and well, that was some time ago. To say that my teachers back then were less than impressed with my efforts wouldn’t be an exaggeration. I passed my English classes by the skin of my teeth.

I never considered myself a “writer.”

One of the first things Glenn said to me was that my writing was fine. WHAT? I had doubts about whether he read that first blog post or not.

But, that was all I needed to hear to carry on. After all, I knew that my writing was something that I could practice and improve and that it would change and evolve.

Once I overcame that first hurdle, I thought it would be smooth sailing.

mentorship helped me overcome hurdles

Oh boy, was I wrong.

The writing part was nothing compared to what was coming.

Pictures? Of me, for on my blog? For everyone to see? Ummm…no.

If people looking at me wasn’t enough, now I have to talk to them? Videos? Ummm, I don’t think so.

I have pictures and videos.

Well played, Glenn, well played.

I Didn’t Expect 110%

Glenn showed up.

He went above and beyond what anyone would reasonably expect for every call we had.

Every. Single. One.

And for all the times in between.

I couldn’t ask for anything more from a mentorship.

He talked me down off some ledges. I often refer to one particular video containing many pieces of valuable information.

I have a video Glenn made covering the essential equipment needed for filming videos. Complete with the how it works, why it works, negotiables, non-negotiables, and Amazon links.

He kicked my ass and held me accountable when needed.

Of course, he didn’t actually kick my ass, but I couldn’t blame him for wanting to.

All while giving me the space and time to grow and come to terms with what I needed to do to move forward and be successful.

This man has the patience of a saint.

I’m not always easy to deal with.

I’m very sweary, opinionated, and stubborn. I often react emotionally to situations, diving in headfirst instead of taking the calm and relaxed approach. Nope, not the easiest to deal with.

Yet, Glenn managed, with some sanity intact, I hope.

Now, I start a new chapter.

I Didn’t Expect…

To be so excited and confident to start the next chapter in this crazy blogging adventure. I am looking forward to all the exciting new opportunities that await.

I also didn’t expect to have such a hard time finding the words to adequately express my sincere thanks and gratitude for everything, Glenn. Your dedication to helping others succeed is remarkable. Your knowledge and insights on all the different topics we covered are outstanding.

So, I’ll keep it short and straightforward.

I am incredibly thankful for my mentorship

I truly am grateful for everything, Glenn, and am patiently waiting for you to start blogging again.

He keeps saying he’s going to get back to blogging, and you should check his blog out. Even though it has been a while since he has been active on it there is some great stuff on there.

I know you’re busy Glenn, so no pressure or anything. 😉

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Who would you like to thank or show gratitude to today?

Who is your biggest blogging cheerleader?

Be sure to show them some love and appreciation. 💖

9 thoughts on “Mentorship-I Didn’t Expect This”

  1. Hey SharlaAnn!

    LOVE this post, and even more so I have loved witnessing your growth and progress over these past 6 months!

    All the things you have listed here that you didn’t expect, believe me when I say – We can all see how much growth you’ve had in those areas!

    Seeing how far you’ve come already, I for one cannot wait to see you continue on this path and I just cannot wait to see another 6 months and beyond!!

    Congratulations, now don’t stop 🙂

    All the best
    Dean

  2. That’s a nice tribute, and very well written attribution for both Glenn and yourself. I’ve had unofficial mentors in my life, so I have an appreciation for anything one can glean from them. I’ve also taken on the mantle of being a mentor when asked.

    Course, now I have a minor bone to pick with you… where’s your YouTube channel, and why isn’t there a link to it here? 😀
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    1. Well Mitch,

      I will have you refer to the post linked below to help you establish a better understanding of why there is no link to my YouTube channel.

      Thank you so much for pointing that out. You have a keen eye.

      Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go have a little chat with myself about why there is no link to my YouTube channel in my post. And of course, rectify the situation. 🤦‍♀️🤯🤣

      SharlaAnn
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  3. Hi SharlaAnn,
    What a beautiful testimonial to Glenn and wow – what a story too. It sounds like you learned so much from him. I’m thinking now I would love an emailing marketing mentor. I could tell you have grown by the depth of your recent blog posts. I just attributed it to your experiences of late. Congratulations on all you have learned and become in the past 6 months. I’m sure 2022 will be awesome for you SharlaAnn 🙂 I look forward to reading more from you.

    1. Thank you Lisa,
      It has been an incredible 6 months. I have learned so much and Glenn was absolutely awesome to work with. I am so excited for 2022. It really is going to be a fantastic year!
      I would absolutely recommend a mentor. Having another perspective helps us see things in a new light, which is important for getting unstuck and moving forward.
      All the best to you in 2022 as well Lisa
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    1. Glenn is still a loyal supporter of Blogging From Paradise Ryan. We had many great discussions, and Glenn referred to your work often. (Fijian Fruit Bats! LOL) He is an incredible human being, and I will always be grateful that our paths crossed. He taught me so much about blogging and many other things in the process. He was talking about possibly getting back into blogging. How fantastic would that be? I guess we will have to wait and see.

      SharlaAnn
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