If there is one thing I think every young adult needs, it’s a mentor. Someone to influence, guide and support you. Someone to be your cheerleader during the times you need it most. I am lucky enough to say I’ve had a few mentors thus far on this crazy journey of mine. All of them unique and wonderful in their own way.
Most of these mentors have been people helping me on my professional path, but they’ve all become really good friends of mine. They are people I trust and people I can really talk to. They’re people that care about me. Truly care. Each and every one of them has my best interest at heart. That’s pretty awesome, actually.
There were so many times during my year of unemployment where I felt completely hopeless. Whenever I was getting to the point of wanting to give up all together, there was one person in particular who just seemed to sense it and would reach out to give me that extra bit of confidence. His enthusiasm and belief in me was exactly what I needed. In the end, it was actually what helped me land the job I have now.
When I need advice, when I need a sounding board or when I just need to vent, I have a handful of people I can call on at a moment’s notice. That’s a really incredible thing to be able to say, and I am so appreciative and grateful of their kindness.
As important as it is to have a mentor, it’s just as important to make the effort to be a mentor. I watch so many people who have worked their way up the corporate latter and at the risk of sounding cliché, have completely forgotten where they came from. When does that happen? At what point do you start to forget?
I will always make the time for the college student who wants to sit down for an informational interview. I will make the time to grab coffee with the new associate or coordinator. I will make the effort to help give some kid just out of school encouragement and assurance because I’ll remember that time in your life is scary. Extremely scary.
I’m going to be a nice person. I’m going to show the fresh, bright-eyed, eager young adult that you can be smart and successful and great at what you do, but still be a decent, kind human being. I AM NOT GOING TO FORGET WHAT IT WAS LIKE.
Find a mentor. Be a mentor. Make the extra effort. Build the relationships. Keep paying it all forward.
“A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because
someone else thought they could.” – Unknown