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Hi there, I’m Farnoosh Brock and I help you get recognized for all of your hard work. Today, I want to talk to you about why you need a mentor to get ahead at your job.
I want to start by busting two assumptions that I made as a young employee at my corporate job.
The first one was:
“Oh, I am driven. I am ambitious, and I can figure things out on my own. I’m also very smart.”
All of that is true but it has nothing to do with getting ahead. It’s not the whole picture.
The second one is:
“If I need to know something, I can ask my peers and my colleagues. They have been there longer, they can share their experience and I can find out how things work around here.”
Those two misconceptions keep you from really leveraging a mentor in your career.
A mentor helps you see the whole picture because here is the thing: you can’t see the whole picture when you’re inside the frame. This is a very powerful quote from motivational speaker Les Brown who helps you understand perspective.
A mentor is someone who has been at the company for quite a while. They understand the ins and outs of how things work and they are interested in your success.
I’m going to talk to you about the process of getting a mentor and asking someone to be your mentor and working with a mentor in future videos, but today, I want you to understand the importance of having a mentor.
A mentor is someone who helps you go through your career by not making the mistakes that are so not obvious to you. You may not have a clue about the things that you are doing right now today that have a huge impact in your career negatively. A mentor can point this out to you.
A mentor can give you resources that you may never be aware of.
A mentor can help create relationships for you. They can help you have a bigger influence. They can put in a good word for you with the right people in the company, and a mentor helps you understand your strengths that you may not be aware of.
A mentor can be of tremendous value in your career and it’s really something that you can leverage in any organization, in any career path, and I want to really encourage you to look into getting a mentor if you don’t have one.
So, now that you are convinced you really need a mentor to get ahead at your career, your first task today is to think of someone in your company, not in your chain of command, but someone who is outside in a different organization or a different part of the company, that you respect tremendously.
You need someone that has influence, someone that may be a leader- so they could be in a higher position, that’s okay, and someone that you could see as your mentor.
So, that’s your homework for today. In the next videos, we get into the ins and outs of how to work with a mentor to make you the amazing success that I know you can be.
Set Yourself Apart from Your Peers and Get That Advancement
One of the mistakes I have made in the past is not believing myself worthy of the career advancements. My mentors changed that over the years. They helped me see and believe I am just as worthy and capable. That's when I started making the jumps to higher rungs of the corporate ladder.
You can do the same. First, believe in yourself. Then get a mentor. And if you are serious about going all the way, learn everything you need to complete the process.
Crack the Code to Get Promoted is a step by step guide designed to help you do just that. Because no one is going to just tap you on the shoulder to hand you the promotion and the money you have earned. You have to do that for yourself!