Life lessons and “learning from experience” are great teachers. However, learning from others is just as valuable. We can learn how to mitigate failure, how to apply wisdom, and even how to navigate uncomfortable social situations. And learning these things in a formal relationship is often referred to as “mentorship”.
What are some benefits of having a mentor?
Trusting someone outside of your immediate circle.
Being able to view life and situations from another perspective.
Opportunities to broaden your network and expand your knowledge.
Having someone in your corner that will champion your personal and professional life.
How do you find a mentor? If you’ve checked your personal network, and can’t find anyone, you can use LinkedIn connections or other social media platforms to reach out to people that you admire. If they have the time, try to set up “virtual coffee chats” and see what happens from there.
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Finding the right mentor and nourishing the relationship may take time, but it is worth the effort. The relationship between Maya Angelou and Oprah Winfrey is a great example of that. So, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and ask around, because finding the right mentor will more than likely change your life!
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