I don’t like brick walls or plexi-glass ceilings. In fact, I resent them. I know those are strong sentiments but dead ends represent limitations in my mind. When I hit one in my career, valued relationships, or spirituality, I don’t accept with ease that this is it. I can come to terms with the end of a thing with factual proof that it’s over; but if there is even a smidgen of hope or proof that matters can be conquered; I’m finding a way to bust through; No question!
Often times in order to make upward progress, I must consult others who have been there and done that! These consults I refer to as my mentors whether they know it or not. Mentors are essential for advancement in business and personal matters. I would not be where I am today had it not been for the act of reaching out to get advice from people who know more than I do. I have mentors for every facet of my life. My career and spiritual mentors have changed the way I originally accepted myself in various situations. They have challenged me to move beyond my current circumstance and give practical advice on the steps I should take to move forward.
Seeking the advice of a mentor is just simply smart. No one can get to the top or pull themselves out of a ditch alone. The most influential and business savvy people have and retain mentors through their every advancement. Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft is mentored by Warren Buffet, one of the wealthiest American Business Tycoons. Oprah Winfrey named The Late Maya Angelou, nationally recognized Poet and Author, as her mentor. Finally the Late Steve Jobs, founder of Apple was mentored by Robert Friedland, International Financier. It is undeniable that when considering these pairs, nothing but perpetual success has been the ultimate result.
The right mentors have the ability to:
Help you get started or unstuck
Provide Advice on successes as well as failures
Lead you In the right direction
Hold you accountable
Expose you to resources you may not be able to obtain on your own