Mentor. Umm…The idea of a protector, supporter, advocate and powerful guide to take us under their wing and lead us toward professional success is alluring. It is wonderful that some individuals were fortunate enough to have been born into (or later joined) a family or group with powerful lifelong mentors (who open doors for elite education, high level employment and exciting professional opportunities).
For the remainder of us who were not born into (or have not yet joined in) that good fortune, we can (and should) spend some time and resources seeking out successful individuals to help us achieve our goals. Yet, it is a myth that we "need" them in order to move forward with our goals. If we are lucky enough to have one, that is super!
For those of us, myself included, who do not have these personal advocates committed to our success and happiness (seemingly out of a fairy tale), we must move forward on our own. It is a [...]