I didn’t have a role model growing up.
A role model in the business or career sense at least.
Luckily, my first mentor was not one that I needed to seek out but kind of fell into my lap at a pivotal time in my life. I truly didn’t realize the impact that a mentor could have in one’s life until I was about 18 years old. I was hired as a door to door sales rep for a cutlery company and it was the first time I had a glimpse into what my potential really was. This was because I saw it through my first mentor’s eyes and his belief in my abilities to be more.
Throughout the years I have realized more and more not only the importance of finding a mentor but the right mentor. This can mean different things across someone’s lifetime. A mentor can provide sound advice through transitions, the encouragement of the development of a specific skill set, and sometimes the right nudge to make a big move or take a risk.
In many cases and across several companies I have worked for, that mentor has oftentimes been outside of the organization I was for working for.
3 Reasons on the Importance of Finding an Outside Mentor
Number 1: No judgment zone
The nice thing about working with a mentor outside of your organization is it is kind of like working with a fresh clean slate. These mentors can be great springboards for advice since they can give a nonbiased view of your situation and are not emotionally or professionally tied to your situation.
Number 2: Broaden your outlook and skillset
Working with an outside mentor can also help expand your awareness of potential pitfalls or hidden opportunities in your current role that you may be too close to see. Mentor’s work with people in several different industries and can share what they have learned from past client successes as well as the opportunities they have seized in their marketplace.
Number 3: Connections for future opportunities
Some of the best future business partnerships and ventures can come from a mentor connecting a mentee to someone they know that can help or be of service. This can lead to a career change, new business idea or just the right connection at the right time. As they say, connection is currency so why not widen your circle?
Consider finding a mentor for the second half of 2019. It may just be one of the best investments you ever make!