“If you ask any successful businessperson, they will always have had a great mentor at some point along the road. If you want success then it takes hard work, hard work, and more hard work. But it also takes a little help along the way. If you are determined and enthusiastic then people will support you,“ says Richard Branson.
We couldn’t agree more.
This week he wrote about the importance of mentoring both to him personally and to his organization. While his observations are true of both professional and personal growth, the need for good mentors in business – both inside and outside the organization – cannot be understated.
Over our professional careers we’ll undoubtedly have many mentors, and also give back by being a good mentor. My first great mentor was Anne Ashbey, a senior member of the launch creative staff at The Oxygen Network. She encouraged me, pushed me to believe in my abilities to learn how to lead, and has always been someone to whom I can reach out even as I reach mid-career. I’ve also mentored many young social media and community professionals as they get their toes wet in this challenging, ever-changing career path.
We’d love to hear your favorite mentoring story!
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