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We all need both role models and mentors in our life. Role models are great to give you inspiration for what you’d like to do and mentors are great at giving you practical advice for specific instances.
Finding a mentor – find someone who you admire and let them know how much you admire them. Just ask them if they have a minute that you can ask them how to get where they are or ask them about a specific thing. It’s about opening up the conversation.
Do your homework before you talk to a mentor. Understand, you are taking their time, so don’t waste it. Always try to google it first. Also, be grateful for their time and humble so you can absorb what they’re telling you.
Figure out what you need to know and then look for people who can help you.
Try to have several different types of mentors for different areas of your life.
Give them some feedback and let them know how you’ve taken their advice and done these amazing things. Always let them know how they’ve improved your life. Don’t be afraid to share how they’ve helped you publicly.
Be sure to pay it forward and mentor others.
Peer to peer mentoring can be incredibly beneficial. You can each share different expertise with one another and they are also incredibly helpful for emotional support.
A good option for mentoring (more formal) is to ask your boss for feedback. Bring a project or something you need help with and ask them questions to assess how you’re doing. You should schedule the time at their convenience.
Overall, for mentoring, always try and schedule it at their convenience. Offer to take them to lunch – not too expensive – and they can turn your down. That’s okay.
Be aware of generational and cultural differences in your mentors.
It’s good to have mentors outside of your area of business if what you’re looking for is interpersonal skills or dealing with particular problems at your business.
Role Models We Admire:
Bonnie Baxter @ Westminster
Something you can do, list out the things you are (that define you) then find people who share those same characteristics. I am strong like Malala.
If your role models seem too perfect, go learn more about them. It’s almost guaranteed to help humanize them and make them more relatable.