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, Trish Dervin
“There is truth in the expression that hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. And the passion that drives hard work comes from doing something you really love”.
That is a statement by Marillyn Hewson, Lockheed Martin, Chairman, President and CEO in a recent article Three Keys to Finding a Great Mentor. What is a mentor? A mentor is a wise and trusted counselor or teacher. A good mentor is someone who will help you gain a wealth of knowledge and you can learn from his/her experiences. This could be the key for you to advance your career and get promoted within your organization.
Marillyn’s 3 Keys to find mentors are:
1. Looking for mentors all around you.
2. Find a mentor by earning one.
3. Give as much as you receive.
But how? Remember the old adage that “it’s who you know”. While that might seem cold and old school, it truly is largely true today still. It’s all about relationships. If you think about it, when you are in a relationship, you are in that relationship with a person you know, like and trust. When trying to find a mentor it’s crucial for you to know who you are and to be able to communicate that to the prospective mentor.
I propose that before you go out to find a mentor, do some real soul searching.
What are your real talents? How hard do you work or are you willing to work?
What passions do you have that make you jump out of bed in the morning because you can’t wait to do them? How do you want to be perceived? What is your career brand identity? Once you answer questions like that then you can begin to formulate your why. Why do you do what you do? The reason why this is so important is mentors have a great deal of time and energy invested in those the mentor. By the same token you will also be investing a great deal of time and energy so you want a mentor that you have these major gold nuggets in common.
Doing work you love? Some might say that never happens. Dreams truly can come true. Knowledge, talents, dedication, passion!
I would love to hear how having a career brand has helped you find a mentor.
Trish Dervin, CCMC
Career Conversions, LLC
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