Behind every successful woman, there is usually a mentor and here at Refined Currency we advise all women to have one. Here are 4 tips to put you in the right direction:
1. Start with why
Before approaching someone ask yourself why you want them to be your mentor. What are you hoping to gain and learn from them mentoring you? Do they have a similar business model to what you want? Do you admire their work ethic and want to know how they stay on top of their game? Start with why and from there you’ll have a better idea of the type of mentor you’re seeking.
2. Network, Network, Network
Since we are still waiting for Oprah Winfrey to knock on your door, we might as well get out there and network. Apps like eventbrite and meetup can be useful in networking with people you may not meet in your day to day life. These apps find events related to what you’re interested in and whilst some require a fee, a few are also free. Go up to people and let them know what you do, ask them what they do and if they have a card. You never know who is who. Networking is a great way to become more confident in speaking to new people and finding a mentor so get out there!
3. Don’t Be Selfish
Asking someone to give up their time and energy is a lot to ask for so make sure you’re giving something in return. What can you offer them? Regardless of what they’ve achieved you can still offer them something no one else can. Find out what they still want to achieve and see where you can be of assistance. Your mentor will appreciate that you’re also investing in them.
4. Don’t Take It Personally
Not everyone will say yes. There can be many reasons to a potential mentor declining your offer, one of them being they don’t have the time.Stay committed to finding one. It can be hard to find a mentor that suits your needs but it’s vital to stay committed because there is someone out there willing to help you. In addition to that, you could help someone too. Keep networking, keep meeting new people and don’t let opportunities pass you by.