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Have you ever thought about finding a mentor? Maybe you feel you need someone - whether professional or personal - who can nudge you, challenge you, encourage you, and advise you. Maybe you’re on a new career path or filling a new volunteer role and you’re looking for someone to guide you as you start. No matter the area of your life you’re looking for guidance in, consider establishing a relationship with a mentor. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Easier said than done, right? If you’re really lucky, a mentor may fall into your lap! But most likely, you’ll have to put in some work. Consider these tips: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
1.Have a good idea of what you’re hoping to achieve through this relationship. What are your goals, and how do you want to grow? Be specific.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2.Look at your network and consider who it is you look up to, or who may be the best fit to help your achieve your goals.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
3.Be prepared to ask a few different people, as the first person you ask may not be available. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
4.Be specific in your request to the mentor and be sure to follow up. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
A mentor-mentee relationship can be incredibly rewarding, and not just for you. Relationships (including this one) are not transactional, but reciprocal. You have insights and wisdom to share with your mentor too! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
And remember: you’re never too old to have a mentor. People of any age and any stage of life can benefit from the different perspective a mentor offers.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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