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Thu 23 Jun 2016

What Marilyn Monroe Can Teach Us About the Power of Mentors

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Marilyn Monroe was admired for her beauty and allure. However, she definitely was not the ‘shallow’ stereotype her acting roles portrayed her to be. It was primarily her determination and goal driven nature that made her into the household name she is today.

She did not wait for fame to find her; instead she went about seeking the right people to put her forward for roles and introduce her to the right people. This tactic can certainly be identified as ‘finding a sponsor or mentor’.

Marilyn, like many artists, shows us how important it is to find support and create networks in order to build your career as a woman in business and be seen as a star. A mentor or sponsor can provide that important support and also network of contacts to help you get to the next level.

Here are five reasons you should think about getting mentor:

  1. Learning culture for your life
    By seeking out mentors, you are seeking out opportunities for growth and development.
  2. Support and advice
    Find people you trust and can catch up with to talk about issues and problem-solve. They can be your sounding board and support network.
  3. Formal mentoring
    Assisting in goal setting and a clear career path. A clearer view of the future can lead to better performance and career success. It absolutely helps with accountability.
  4. Inspiration and perspective
    Spending time with a mentor you admire can inspire you and give you the benefit of their experience.
  5. Expanding networks
    Finding the right mentor opens doors, puts you in front of key people, and expands your networks.

What’s the best way to find a mentor?

  • Seek out people who inspire you.
  • Create networks of people who informally mentor you.
  • Join a mentoring program – there are many groups and leaders that have a formal networking program. Find the right one for you.

If you want to achieve your goals, just like Marilyn did, evaluating your mentors and assessing who will help you grow will enable your dreams to become realities.

To help you expand your networks and find the perfect mentor, as a special gift, WNA readers can download my Networking Resource Guide for FREE! Download yours now!

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