Why is it Important to Have a Mentor?

Meet Joanne Linden, CPS, CEAP, CWCA President and Master Trainer

At some point in our lives, we all feel as if we can do it ourselves. Maybe it was when we were little, trying to walk without the helpful hands of our parents. Perhaps if was getting through a breakup or a heartache in our teenage years. Or maybe it’s now, as we are mapping the way to success in our career. The fact of the matter is that in some cases, maybe we can do it ourselves without help, but many times it’s faster and more efficient to have a partner to help us along. Someone who has been there, done that, or is going through the same thing and can provide support and encouragement. 

That’s where mentors come in. Mentors help to keep us motivated and moving forward. They provide structure and consistent feedback – allowing us to formulate a plan to reach our full potential. Having support in this way will not only help to get past any roadblocks sooner, but will allow us to get to the goals faster and with more strength. 

It’s like training for a marathon. Doing it by yourself is possible, but when you cross that finish line, don’t you want to make your best time and get there without being completely worn out? Well, having a mentor is equivalent to any training you do before the marathon. The strength training, researching what you need to fuel your body with, learning how to stretch and pace yourself. Unless you’ve done it before, you won’t know what works – and if you’ve done it before, then you’ve already done your research. 

Mentors come in different types – peer mentors that are in similar industries and at similar levels, who can empathize with any difficulties you are experiencing and can offer advice based on their closeness to the situation; and seasoned mentors that have that 10,000 foot view and can help you build the road map to success based on their experience as a whole. 

Depending on what you need the most help with, you can decide which to go with first. However, in the end, a combination of both peer and seasoned mentoring will give you the best foundation for a successful and long lasting career. 

Ready to consider mentorships? We have our ACE Virtual Peer Network to connect you with like-minded peers, and one-on-one mentorships hours with a seasoned and successful Executive Assistant who is prepared to help you map the way to your full potential. 

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Meet Joanne Linden, CPS, CEAP, CWCA President and Master Trainer