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“I surround myself with those who “get it,” meaning my purpose and goals. I surround myself with people who “get me,” meaning those who love me enough to support me, tell me the truth, and hold me accountable. I also surround myself with those who complement my weaknesses, meaning individuals who are strong in areas where I need assistance.” I made the mistake of not having a mentor for most of my career - wasted time, avoidable mistakes and missed opportunities were the result. What is not having a mentor costing you? #PowHerMoves | Fairygodboss
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You’re welcome Eraina!!
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So awesome. I think mentor relationships definitely form organically. It’s tough to find a mentor, but I also like virtual mentors that I am able to follow online.
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I, too follow virtual mentors online but 1:1 support is priceless. If you’re seeking a mentor, don’t talk yourself out of a yes because of self-talk such as “they’ll probably say no”, “they are too busy” and “why would they mentor me?” Ask....if one person doesn’t respond or can’t accommodate you, keep going until you find the right mentor who offers the support you need.
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That’s true, it is still important to connect deliberately. Thanks for the tips.
Nancy Drummond Ransom
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LOVE LOVE LOVE, I really could use a mentor, but I get what you are saying I am unemployed, still have good years left, but I can't seem to get my foot into the proverbial door. Frustrating.
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Have you identified those you want to mentor you and asked? Also, are you leveraging LinkedIn for informational interview and relationship building?
Nancy Drummond Ransom
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I am using LinkedIn, but can't afford the cost for it to really do what it can for me. Boy, can you tell I am totally out of my league here. No I haven't, would not even know where to begin. I guess that's where I need assistance. Where do you suggest I begin? Thanks for any suggestions, they would be most appreciated.
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Nancy, I am not that adept at LinkedIn, but I don't understand why the non-paid version would not still give you the opportunity to connect with people? I may be an exception, but I love it when people reach out to me on LinkedIn to connect, and I have mentored people who reached out and simply said they were looking for some guidance. I think the key is in the approach. If you say "will you be my mentor?" recipients may find that a loaded question which implies a long-term commitment. However, if you position it as "I read your profile, and I was really impressed with your career trajectory. I am trying to advance in (named field), and I wondered if you would be open to a brief phone call so that I can learn more about your career." Of course, personalize it to what you're comfortable with. There may be plenty of people who won't respond, but all it takes is one or two to get the ball rolling.