Taking the Next Steps on the Mentor Journey
Fantastic Mentors (and Where to Find Them)
“If only I had known then what I know now.” Chances are you have heard someone say those words during the course of your career. Perhaps you have uttered those words yourself.
- Setting goals for the mentor relationship,
- Building a mentor success criteria, and
- Honing in on one game-changing area of focus
Let’s say that you hope to become the next great filmmaker, and you live in Colorado. Chances are that you don’t have personal access to Steven Spielberg or Christopher Nolan. Granted, you may know someone who knows someone . . . If that is the case, you could carefully work your way up to an introduction.
Let’s say that you have identified someone who is an expert in your field, they appear to meet the rest of your criteria, and you know what you would want from a mentoring relationship.
If their work has them traveling internationally, then availability could be an issue. Do they serve on four different boards in the business or non-profit community? Start with some basic research in the local press and by viewing their LinkedIn profile for some clues.
Back to my earlier comment — it is awkward to ask a perfect stranger to be your mentor. A place to begin sizing up a mentor before you approach them is to take inventory of your current relationships at work, school, professional associations, and in the community.
Where did you find a mentor who changed your life?
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