Got a Mentor?
Without a doubt, the one thing that I have done to advance my career above all others is bringing MENTORS into my life.
I am talking about a formal mentorship: A monthly, one-on-one meeting between you and a wise person, who can provide advice, experience, and perspective to your journey.
I am surprised at how few people take advantage of this process and how little is known about it. Here is a quick Q&A to get the conversation started:
What is a mentor? A person who has been where you want to go.
How does a mentorship work? There are many books on this. Here is a great one: A Game Plan for Life: The Power of Mentoring by John Wooden and Don Yaeger.
What does it cost? I have had several formal mentors over the last 15 years and have never “paid” (unless you count all of the coffee and lunches I have bought, plus some occasional gifts of gratitude).
How often do you meet? I get my best results when I meet monthly, but 4 times a year is way better than nothing.
How do you get a mentor? Do your homework, find the right fit and then ASK (and ask again).
How many mentors can you have? At least one; I often have several (a couple for business, one for family, one for personal, etc.).
If you have specific questions on the subject or have a mentor, ask or provide your insights to others in the comments below.
Make this the best year of your life. Take this step,
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