In times when we need career inspiration, we often turn to those who have already achieved the things we ourselves wish to achieve. These are the people who have walked the long road of hard work, made their fair share of mistakes and possibly even encountered some failures along the way before they reached success. Having an individual to look up to in those moments gives us the hope we need to continue pursuing what we set out to achieve. The reassurance that comes from the experienced “gurus” can sometimes be the kick we need to push ourselves further.
Everybody who is looking to have a top career and be extremely successful in their chosen profession can benefit from having a mentor. There are many different ways to become the best at what we do, but having a person who is highly experienced and who can teach us all we need to know is vital. Career mentors are the living proof that it is indeed possible to reach success. They are the epitome of professional victory and the confirmation for those who are critiqued for being “dreamers” that it can actually all become reality.
Here are 3 important life-changing lessons mentors can teach us.
Self-development is something that everybody should practice and this should be incorporated in our daily routine. Whether you take up a course to better your skills into something or watch Ted Talks to get a boost of knowledge, following a habitual schedule to better yourself as a professional is key. What is so special about having a mentor is the fact that they often see things in you that you don’t necessarily see in yourself. The best mentors are those who don’t have an emotional attachment to you because often this can be a barrier to what one sees in a professional. They are not there to sugar coat things, or to discuss your happiness; the best mentors will always be honest about your strengths as well as your weaknesses. They will be honest about the things you need to improve on and will not necessarily pat you on the back when you feel down – they are there to help you develop and with that comes a lot of honesty and self-realization. From this you will gain a realistic view of where you are now and how you can get to your desired destination more effectively. Great leaders inspire others to excel without forcing them to learn something, but instead by looking at their potential and enlightening one’s view of what amazing things they are actually capable of. Each mentor has a specific way of teaching so it’s important you find the right one who has a suitable teaching style for you.
There is no special formula for success, hard work and persistence are the key aspects to take in consideration. A great mentor will shed light on this by speaking to you about their mistakes and their failures they encountered before they reached success. They will be honest with you and tell you about the hard work that is absolutely necessary to put in so that victory can be attained. Most entrepreneurs, CEO’s, COO’s, MD’s and other high rising professionals will tell you that to combat all challenges that came their way they had to keep going and persist. It can be extremely difficult to do when everything goes wrong, but having that person who has already done what you are looking at doing is a fantastic way to get insight into what it’s to come, how to handle challenges and ultimately reach your professional goals. Behind all the great victories, there is usually a story of hardship and having somebody who can tell you this story, first hand is really the most amazing opportunity.
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There is a famous saying that states “You are who you surround yourself with”. We all belong to social groups that we choose based on our personality, our interests and aspirations in life. We decide who we want to spend our time with and this usually involves likeminded individuals with whom we can have a mutual understanding. These are the people who love us dearly and are always looking out for our best interest and that’s great. But let’s get something clear: Keep business and pleasure separate. Keep your friends, family, partners, neighbors etc for emotional connection, general life plans and personal matters. When it comes to professional endeavors, it is best to network with people who are already in the industry or even better, people who are much more successful than you are. If you really are who you surround yourself with, why not take a big step and go straight to the top? The right mentor for you will see potential in your ideas and your experience and will get back to you. Once you find that person, keep them close, learn everything you can and show your respect by going ahead with your career plans.
It’s certainly not easy to find an amazing career mentor, but like all the best things are worth waiting for, this one is also. And when you finally meet them, your life is really about to change. Buckle up and reach for your dreams. Everything is possible.