Mentor (n.) – an experienced and trusted advisor. That’s how Merriam-Webster defines the word mentor and it is so true. A mentor is someone who you can trust. Someone that you can always look to when times are tough or going well. Someone who is going to shoot you straight because they see the potential in you and want you to keep learning and growing. So how do you find someone like this?
Imagine this – it’s Wednesday. You wake up and all you think is, “Today is going to be a great day.” You keep that attitude going all day and next thing you know the day is over. The day flew by and your day went just like you said it would – GREAT. Now, you head home and tomorrow is Thursday. It’s almost the weekend! Thursday will be a breeze (you think in your head), then we all know that Friday is the easiest one as we head into the great weekend. Then, you have a great weekend that leads up to Monday and as much as you don’t want to work on Monday, you know that another great weekend is in store for you.
Dear All Former Student-Athletes,
I get it...it sucks, but it's great at the same time. No more early morning practices, coaches yelling (sometimes with spit) in our face, meetings, workouts, you name it - it's almost like we had no idea there was so much time in one day! At the same time, we do miss the comradery that comes from a team - working out with your best friends, times in the locker room, WINNING! Our coaches always told us, "The ball is going to go flat one day, what will you do when it goes flat?!" What we should have said was, "Use the tools you gave us to be successful in the 'real world'." Here are the tools we already have - we just have to put them to use!
When you first start – you’re in awe. Everything you see daily is new to you. The people, the environment, the way things work; they are all different. You LOVE IT! “Mom, Dad, I don’t know why I was ever nervous about anyone or anything, I LOVE it here.” These are what we call the honeymoon stages - at some point they become your every day and we are here to help you work through that.
You’ve landed your first job. You’re in. The weight has been lifted off of your shoulders and now it is time to GRIND! Wait, you now feel these nerves – they are the same nerves you had when entering your first day of school at a place where you knew little to no one. Work is no different. You are nervous about fitting in, having people take you seriously, and lastly, you just want people to like you. So, how do you find where you fit with all of these people who have been working for much longer than you? It’s simple – adapt. Let me say it again ADAPT. Just like you have been doing your whole life.
We talk about goals a lot. What if you don’t know what your goals are? You know that one day you want to be CMO of a company, but how do you know how to get there? One day you want to be the Chief Marketing Officer, but you’ve started your career in HR? Well, the best part about our ambiguous end goals is that there’s a path to these end goals and all of our paths are going to be different. There is no formula to success, but if you can stay focused and consistently work hard, then you are going to reach your goals and then some.
As millennials, we start our jobs and immediately want to make an impact. You want to make the business decisions that every leader is making, you want to be the one people are coming to, asking questions, you want to be the one who is at the forefront making the business move. How do you do this as a 20 something year old employee early in your career? It’s simple. Start a new trend; change a norm. Do something out of the office ordinary and do it so often that it becomes a norm. Next thing you know, you are leading by example. Our first #WinningWednesday feature is an intelligent millennial, 24 year old by the name of Andreis Norris.