Smart, ambitious people know that a mentor can help them achieve their goals. But what makes a good mentor? And how do you find one?
This is another short, mid-week episode of Finance Career Launch where we discuss a skill, habit or mindset that will help you advance your career in finance. Today we’ll cover a listener question from Chris about finding a good mentor.
Do you have any advice on finding a good mentor or more vaguely, what you think makes a good mentor?
I think this is a very smart question and I applaud Chris for wanting to find a mentor.
One world of caution – it is difficult to find a person who can be that ideal picture of a mentor we have in our minds. It is tough to find someone who will be by your side and coach you every step of the way. I don’t even think it is practical to expect that from someone. But, you can often find people who will spend time with you if you put in the effort to make it happen.
In this episode:
- Tips on finding a mentor from my conversation with Angelo Gray
- Why your best mentor may not be in your professional field
- What a good mentor needs to understand about your situation
- Making sure your values are aligned with those of your mentor (or are at least understood)
- Characteristics of a great listener
- Making sure your mentor wants to be your guide (not the hero)
- Finding a mentor who is willing to correct you when you are off track
- Good mentors take your unique situation into consideration when helping you craft a plan
- How your definition of success can change over time
Music by Elijah from NOMADS