Is There an Age Requirement to Be a Mentor?

When most people think of the mentor-mentee relationship, they envision an older, wizened sage gently leading a young, naïve protégé along in a mutual pursuit of the path to success. Scratch that. Forget everything you know about mentorship. Just because someone has lived longer, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they have more to offer a mentee. Along with that same train of thought, being older doesn’t mean that you’re too old for a mentor yourself.

Long story short, there’s absolutely no age requirement to be a mentor.

Are You Too Old for a Mentor?

This is a question that only you yourself can truly answer. No one else can answer this question for you, not even the people closest to you. Seeking out mentorship takes courage and it takes a recognition that your life isn’t where you want it to be.

There’s no age cut-off for changing your life around. You may feel as though you’ve already stumbled too far down one path to even entertain the idea of wandering down another. With the help of a mentor by your side, you don’t have to wander alone. And better yet, the two of you can forge a path all your own. You can cut through the thick brush of life and pave the way to success, no matter when or where you start. That’s the beauty of mentorship.

Are You Too Young to be a Mentor?

Just as people give sidelong glances to older people who seek out mentorship later in life, there are those that cast judgment on mentors who seem too young to give anyone advice. “Who is this kid? And what right does he think he has to tell me how to live my life?” You might catch yourself thinking. Or perhaps you’re the precocious youngster.

In any case, it’s a myth that you have to be a certain age to be able to dispense useful advice. In fact, some kids have ‘life’ better figured out than many people who’ve reached retirement age. The common adage, “It’s not about the years in your life; it’s about the life in your years,” holds true in this instance.

You don’t have to wizened to be wise.

Trevor and Lexi BakerIs There an Age Requirement to Be a Mentor?

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  • Ashley Berry - April 1, 2017 reply

    I’m thankful everyday for the mentoring I have been blessed to receive! You guys are so amazing and I can’t wait to be able to help other and change lives they way you two have!!!

  • Derek and Madyson Eisenbach - April 1, 2017 reply

    Thank you so much for the amazing example you have set for the team of leaders coming on behind you. We are blessed to know you, be mentored by you, and follow in your footsteps!

  • Brandee Rivera - April 1, 2017 reply

    Amazing read!
    We are beyond blessed for the opportunity we have been given. Age is nothing but a number! Can’t wait to be free!

  • Christy and Greg Jerman - April 1, 2017 reply

    Wow. What an amazing perspective on the age of a mentor. I would seek mentorship from a 20 year old just as quickly as a 30 or 40 year old if that person had fruit on the tree and was living the life I want to live.
    Trevor and Lexi, we are so fortunate to be able to be mentored by you even if it’s not directly.
    Freedom!

  • Blu Joiner - April 1, 2017 reply

    Age is mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter! Wisdom comes with maturity and that journey is different for everybody. How fast can you let your heart grow? That determines how many people you can impact. Love this! More please 🙂

  • Chris - April 4, 2017 reply

    mentors pick up where parents leave off. We always look for examples to follow. Don’t you think we should follow one that has the life we’d want to be living??? It’s changed our lives and our kids lives. Thank God for people who think of others first.

  • Michelle & Josh Allison - April 4, 2017 reply

    Thank you for the amazing example you and Lexi have provided us, showing us that age really doesn’t matter and you can’t seek mentorship from someone without fruit on the tree. You have shown us what it really looks like to make a difference in this world and that we can do anything and achieve everything you have. We love you!

  • Cameron Mahr - April 4, 2017 reply

    Time and effort! “It’s not about the years in your life; it’s about the life in your years.” I love this conclusion to the post. Age is simply a number. How wise one is depends on how much they have put into themselves and other in those years. Love it brother!

  • Chianne - April 5, 2017 reply

    Amazing!

  • Rachelle Aiwohi-Pai - April 7, 2017 reply

    What a great read!! Amazing!!

  • Rj Santos - April 8, 2017 reply

    That was great!!

  • Camille Ho - April 8, 2017 reply

    My husband and I are so thankful for the mwntorship we’ve received from your family! We’ve both grown as people in such incredible ways and we know we couldn’t have done it without you!

  • Mikaela Esguerra - April 8, 2017 reply

    You’re amazing Trevor and Lexi. Thank you for this post. Age really is just a number and that it does not matter because it does not define someone. You are the best couple everrrrrr

  • Chris Garcia - April 9, 2017 reply

    This post reinforces the thought that wisdom doesn’t come with age, sometimes age comes alone. A younger person could be a lot farther along on the road of life and success than someone who’s older. I’m excited about being gone of those younger people!

  • Chris - April 13, 2017 reply

    Trevor and Lexi have been closer than family to us and have supported and stood by us every step of the way. We love you guys !

  • Layla - April 17, 2017 reply

    Very interesting! Ambition knows knows age.

  • Bonnie Scialabba - April 20, 2017 reply

    I think so many of us are under the impression that maturity comes with age. However, the definition of mature is “having attained a desired or final state”. I can speak from experience that at the age of 28 and having two children, from the outside looking in I was visually mature, but on the inside I was totally insecure and freaked out about the world I was living in with no direction in life. I can honestly say that I have “matured” more in the last year and a half since earning mentorship than I have in the last 15 years of my life. What Trevor and Lexi are teaching is not taught in a classroom. They r teaching males to become men and women to become women of strength. They are incredible!

  • Falon C - April 21, 2017 reply

    So grateful for Trevor and Lexi Baker in our lives!

  • Belinda - April 26, 2017 reply

    Great read! The quote at the end “It’s not about the years in your life; it’s about the life in your years.” is really mind blowing and an eye opener. Thank you for writing this blog.

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  • Nakita - July 19, 2017 reply

    On point trev

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