“Once you’ve figured out what you want to do, find someone who has done it before.
Find not just talented executives but even more experienced entrepreneurs and business people who can guide you.
They know where to look for the mines in the minefield.
If they have thought and acted boldly in their own careers, and proven successful, they can help you do the same.
If they share your values and aspirations, and if they freely share their counsel, they can help you through rough patches and celebrate your victories as their own.
That’s the kind of mentor I never had as a kid or as a young adult.
If one doesn’t find you, beat the bushes till you find one who will take you on.
And with the right mentor, don’t be afraid to expose your vulnerabilities.
Admit that you don’t know what you don’t know.
When you acknowledge your weaknesses and ask for advice, you’ll be surprised how much others will help.
From “Pour your heart into it” – ‘How STARBUCKS built a Company One Cup at a Time’
By Howard Schultz, Founder of Starbucks and Dori Jones Yang.
Image Credit – Ron Wurzer (http://www.ronwurzer.com/#/industrious/at-work/Work_Schultz)