People hear the advice “find a mentor” fairly often, but that doesn’t always help. In fact, there are a lot of potential career mentors ouch there, each with a variety of levels of skill and success. So how do you know which person might be a good fit as a mentor, and which might be a misfit?
Despite what some people might say (hello, crazy mentor myths!), a good mentor is like having a career angel who can shine a bright light on your bold ideas and tough work questions.
While you might find a new mentor in a more traditional place like an industry event, you can also find a go-to person in some seriously unlikely situations…
to truly harness business success, it really does take a village. You need outside perspectives to stay balanced and develop an holistic view of your business.
In order to keep growing my own support network, I started grouping my mentors and advisors into four distinct categories. This trick helps me make sure I always get advice from individuals varying in age, gender, socioeconomic status, and other demographics — thus opening the door to new conversations and perspectives.
Below are the four main categories I’ve identified, and where YOU can start looking for an advisor in each: