You can have great ideas all by yourself, but you can’t always be great all by yourself.
Everyone needs a mentor. I need a mentor because I’m the blunt friend/co-worker/employee and I’ve found that it’s very hard to find someone to be blunt with you when you’re the blunt friend/co-worker/employee. Its’ fine, it’s just the way the world works.
What you can get instead is a mentor. I find that mentors are more willing to give it to you straight and set you back on the right path.
Find you a mentor.
Don’t wait for a company to assign you one as a new hire, find your own. Your mentor should be someone you aspire to be like or value. They should be someone who is an example of what/who you would like to be like. Strong mentor/mentee relationships are the ones that are grown organically, not the ones paired up through a program.
Be honest with your mentors.
Don’t paint stories of work challenges in a way that make you look more favorable than you actually were. Mentors can’t help you correct if you don’t tell the whole truth. The reason you have a mentor is to be better, so don’t cover up the ugly.
Listen to your mentors.
Didn’t you choose your mentor for a reason? You don’t have to do everything they say, but listen to what they share. You can’t take your professional development to the next level without perspective.
Mentors aren’t always forever.
Like many other relationships sometimes mentors are only for a season. Don’t ignore the signs to move on.
In 2019, find you two mentors. Find people who will be excited to help you be great.