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  How To Find & Utilize Mentors

When looking for people with common goals and experiences, focous on make connections to expand your network. Here are our 9 tips on how to utalkize and find theright mentors for you:

1. Be coachable and be passionate.

  • Be committed to whatever it is that you’re working on. Someone who’s passive and running for the door at 5pm is not going to find a connection with a mentor or be able to get things done.

2. Establish trust early on.

  • I have found that, establishing trust early on is important. If you’re in a corporate environment, or have a client or vendor relationship, really make sure that, if loyalty is tested – or that someone has shared something with you that can hurt or help someone else – that you really make sure you’re doing the right thing, and handling those early opportunities in your corporation with importance. Really think through the decisions that you make and who you’re aligning with. It can be a mentor-mentee relationship. Doesn’t matter if they’re more senior or more junior professionally; you can help each other. And that’s the point: to establish trust as a person, and bond – and that can take you anywhere.

3. Have many mentoring moments during critical periods in your career.

  • This is advice that I really like, because it’s a little more specific, and it also makes you think. You don’t have to hang your hat on just one critical mentor. A mentor could be someone you have coffee with once. And that’s okay – and they help you through one thing that you’re curious about. And maybe something else occurs to you 5 years down the road, and you want to call them out for coffee again. Or maybe you have multiple people that you mean throughout your life that have mentored you in different ways. I think what’s critical is that you don’t need one magical person or magic bullet. It can be many mentoring moments, as opposed to a person. And think about it in the evolution of your career. Mentors can be found everywhere.

4. Surround yourself with good people. Along with mentors, seek out people who are willing to help you get closer to finding out what your strengths and talents are. Look for role models early in your career. Who are the successful people in your area? How do they communicate, behave, manage and inspire others? What do they do that helps them to position themselves for success?

  • Seek out a coach who can help you dive deeper into how to get to that next level in the career ladder, and look for champions. Champions can do more for you that you can ever do on your own.

5. Make a list of who you want to be when you grow up. And then find a way to make them part of your life. Don’t limit yourself to one person.

  • Find those role models – because, it doesn’t matter if you have direct access to them. You can still be inspired. I’m always inspired by people. I have a long way ahead – but I always think to myself, you know, when you’re having that tough day, or when you think it’s not possible – all the dreams that you have, I think, ‘Well, what would my inspiration do?’ Even just that simple exercise pulls me out of the small confines of my own desk – and give me a shift in perspective, and allows me to think bigger, which is sometimes all I need.

6. Pay it forward.

  • Offer to help others with the material you learn. It does you no good to learn all this information and not do anything with it. Paying it forward has never let me down as a strategy.

7. Reach out to people you admire.

  • Finding a good mentor can be as important to your career as finding a soul mate is to the rest of your life. Don't sit waiting until a mentor finds you. Go out and seek information, whether it's multiple people in real life or whether it's online.

8. Be open to serendipity, we like to call it Destiny.

  • Everything happens for a reason. We tuly believe that everyhing hapenes for a reason and that we are placed in situations for a reason. Realize that the univeres has a plan for everyone, it's your job to be aware of it and caplatalize on it.

9. Use social medua to demonstrate what your good at. for example your intrests and your strengths.

  • Make sure that you are putting your best self out there on social media. Take the time to create a profile that showcases your talent and strengths, as well as experiences.

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