They say “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Neither is a successful career.

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines a mentor as “a trusted counselor or guide.”

There are a lot of factors that lead to a successful career such as education, work experience, solid references, etc. No matter where you are in your career, there is an advantage to choosing a good business mentor.

Here are some of the benefits of choosing a good business mentor:

Encouragement. Building the type of career that matters to you means caring about what you are doing. A mentor that gives encouragement can motivate, inspire and strengthen you. A good business mentor should give you the drive to take your career to the next level.

Constructive Feedback. If you want a successful career, you need someone to tell you your strengths as well as your weaknesses. You need someone who can be honest with you. A mentor should be able to point out your weaknesses, not to put you down, but to enable you to identify things you can work on and make better. Understanding where there is room for improvement and making adjustments strengthens any career.

New Challenges. If you see obstacles in your career as limitations, then how could you possibly overcome them? A good business mentor will challenge you to reach beyond what you believe you are capable of, which is invaluable to a successful career.

Network Building. In an uncertain economic climate, developing your business network and creating a positive reputation among “movers and shakers” in your industry is a key part of long-term success. A good business mentor should be able to introduce you to a powerful network of people.

At any stage in your career, building success takes a little guidance from others. As an individual, it is important to think about where you want to go before you start walking.

Because a business mentor will directly affect, or perhaps even define your career, you will want to make sure you make the right choice.

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