So, no, I don't think I am Yoda...and hopefully I look a little better. But looks are not what this short post today is all about. This post is about two keys to success for people in business.
Good mentors will often find you and you will notice that they take an interest in your accomplishments and offer encouragement on your trials and tribulations. Some will give you unsolicited advice and support you during critical changes in your life and career. Otherwise, mentors can be situation specific and may or may not offer advice unless you ask them for it.
Situation-specific mentors include insiders at a company you are researching and hoping to land a job or big contract with. Others would include the wise counselor at school who encourages your extracurricular activities, internships or major in college.
Reach out and ask people for help. You are actually doing them a favor if you share a bit of your professional journey, some of your challenges, and ask for help. It feels good to help awesome people and if you are reading this far, you must be awesome or have some awesome potential!
One thing you can take to the bank is this: All successful people have mentors. Formal or informal, no one exists without the support of other people. Business and professional leaders know how to ask for help and how to give feedback to their advisers and mentors. The best pros in sports, education and even business have coaches. Get some for yourself, and get better every year at picking and upgrading your mentors and coaches.
Yes, you will outgrow many of your mentors....just be sure to pick mentors who have walked your path and (preferably) have won awards for excellence and service in your area of interest.
Don't be afraid to also give your mentors feedback. In some cases it is the best way you can repay your mentors! Your success can be truly inspiring to others and often more so to the people who have invested time in you.