On my very first day as an intern with E! Entertainment, my boss gave me a valuable piece of advice that I’ll never forget. He said, “Work hard, but never underestimate the power of a good mentor.” Eleven years later, this still holds true.
I’m not sure if it’s a by-product of being the oldest sibling, or simply an extension of my constant curiosity, but I’ve always been draw?n? to those who are natural leaders and could teach me a thing or two. Whether I was a 6-year-old watching the senior girls in dance class, a 20?-?year-old seeking advice from the older girls in college, or a 30-something navigating big financial and career decisions, I’ve always had a mentor figure that could help guide me. And for the most part, several mentors at any given moment.
Aside from the comfort of knowing I have someone to turn to for advice, I love learning how someone I admire approaches certain situations, navigates tough decisions, handles failure, and achieves success. Maybe they have all the answers — and maybe they’re only able to impart one piece of wisdom that I’ll hang onto forever, but these figures have become really pivotal in making me feel supported. Plus, I feel like so many wonderful things happen when you get curious and become receptive to feedback. It’s like you set yourself up for maximum growth.