The importance of mentors
Seek mentors who have done what you desire to do and become what you desire to be. – Randy Gage
My career in finance began when I was 17 years old. I’ve held a lot of different positions over the years.
In each of those positions I learned something different.
I call them my WALK AWAY points.
In some positions, I learned things about myself. Others, I learned about life. And some positions allowed me to gain hands-on business knowledge. The things you can’t possibly learn in a textbook.
At all of the companies, I had managers or colleagues who were willing to share what they’d already learned. And I soaked up the information they shared like a sponge.
Then there were those EXCEPTIONAL people.
People who took an interest in me. As a person. And went the extra mile to make sure I was thriving in my work environment.
Those are the people who I consider my mentors. The people that gave me those little nuggets of wisdom that has stuck with me my entire life.
The people that might have shared something that didn’t make sense to me at that moment, but then later… I got it!
The people who pushed me just a little bit harder!
The people who made me figure some things out on my own!
I encourage aspiring writers or even established writers to seek out relationships with people who are in the position you WANT TO be. They’ll help you to excel and also be able to tell you the challenges they faced and how to avoid them.
I credit a LOT of people for my current successes. Because it was their encouragement and advice that helped me become a better person and to succeed at my goals.
Do you have a mentor? If so, where did you meet them? And define your relationship.