Finding a mentor or role model can lead to success
By Elijah Thomas
Growth and learning are essential to thriving both professionally and in your personal life. Finding a role model who abides by ethical leadership and moral values provides you with a guide that can help set goals and navigate stressful situations.
If you’re unsure of whom to reach out to as a mentor, pay attention to the behaviors of people in the office or your circle of friends and family. Look back to your childhood and think of figures that you looked up to most. Perhaps they were a famous athlete, a prominent civil rights leader or an expert in science and innovation. Now, consider your passions as an adult to find the right person who can provide guidance.
It’s promising to look to those who share the same interests toward similar goals. Watch how they tackle problem-solving methods and treat others who facilitate their space. Once you have a potential role model in mind, approaching them for direction can seem daunting, but it may be easier than you think.
Finding a Mentor
When searching for a mentor to assist in your professional development, find someone who has a similar job that you feel is obtainable in the near future. Do your research before reaching out to them by learning their education history and career milestones. Social media accounts will make it simple to follow one’s achievements. Understanding their journey will help the conversation go smoother when you do inquire about their interest in guiding you.
You should also try to discover if anyone in your network already has a relationship with a potential mentor. Ask your friend to gauge their contact’s interest in becoming a mentor and consider arranging an introductory meeting.
Being a Good Mentee
After arranging a plan, you must show appreciation to your mentor by sharing your growth and abiding to constructive criticism.
Be honest about your pace toward reaching the goals that have been set. If your mentor decides that a new strategy is required, you can work together to speed up the process.
It’s also essential to meet consistently and discuss concerns. If physical interaction isn’t always possible, consider conducting your conversations through email or video-call platforms.
Don’t forget to take notes during discussions to create a journal you can look to when you feel stuck.