Camille Styles

Living Kindly

Is Your Crew Setting You Up For Success?

February 16th, 2017

photo by Alyson Aliano via i2i photography

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.

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  1. Rena says:

    I’m convinced you are a really good friend. Thanks for this wonderful and absolutely true post.
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  2. Thanks for sharing! I consider my neighbors my board. They consist of four very unique women that have different beliefs, career goals, and upbringings. We all have different opinions about topics, so I love getting their feedback. I like to throw in my husband and another dude neighbor because having a male perspective is always good…especially when it comes to negotiating with my job ; ).

    • Kelly Krause says:

      That reminds me, I’m stoked to see more women asking for more and negotiating more — no matter what their influence is (men or not). It’s refreshing.

  3. YP says:

    What a great post, thank you for the insight! The first tip really resonated with me because although I feel like I have a wonderful people around me I never set the intention or ‘ask’ portion to define the relationship a bit more than just a business or networking/ traveling in the same circles type interaction.

  4. Kelly Krause says:

    I’m happy that it resonated with you. I also think that setting the intention helps them frame their response to you a bit more, too. And if they know you’re intentions, they’re probably more likely to keep you in mind if an opportunity, etc. ever comes up!

  5. Sofia Bakir says:

    So many great tips! Especially for those where networking doesn’t come naturally.

    xo, Sofia

  6. Leslie says:

    Kelly – I’m binge reading your various posts and truly enjoying them. Your perspective is smart, realistic and insightful.

    Also, I recognized your name which drew me to read your post in the first place. Looking at your bio – it would make sense as we have some colleagues in common and work in the same industry. Small world.

    Anyway, just wanted to say keep up the great writing and I wish you continued success!


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