There are certainly some benefits to working by or for yourself… you call the shots, you set the goals, and you work at achieving those goals through your own determined methods.
But the entrepreneur in me will be the first to admit that even the ‘go-it-aloner’ needs support in the form of a mentor.
A mentor is someone who provides you with honest feedback; willingly discusses projects or goals with you; and challenges and excites you to improve and succeed.
Most of us, even if we work alone, have people who inspire us to be better at what we do and provide us with that honest voice of reason. These are our ‘go-to’ people who allow us the freedom to bounce ideas back and forth without fear. And then when we have a winning idea, they cheer us on to success.
I was recently partnered with a mentor through the Canadian Women in Communication’s Shaw Media Mentorship Program. My mentor is the incredibly talented and hard-working RoseAnna Schick of RAS Creative and, although I have only met with her once so far, I am already blessed for knowing her. She’s a no-nonsense, hard-working, creative type who loves what she does and does it well. These are the traits that I admire in her and hope to emulate through ARticulate.
So now that I’ve got you excited about mentor relationships, here’s an event for you – whether you’d like to become a mentor or would just like to find a like-minded mentor. The Manitoba Canadian Women in Communications Chapter is hosting its season finale, “Solo’s a No-No: Achieving Success through Mentorship,” at The Manitoba Club in Winnipeg this Thursday, April 12th.
The stellar panel features Doug Brown, formerly of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers; Elaine Ali, former VP of Stations with CTV / Bell Media; Lesley McFarlane, Director of the Network Services Project Management Office with MTS Allstream; Colleen Coates, CHRP, CCP, National Practice Leader, Total Compensation at People First HR Services; and Michelle Sawatzky, Olympian and Morning Show co-host with Golden West Radio.
Come out for an incredibly inspiring event! Who knows? You may even find your mentor.