One of my mentors is a millionaire. How exciting is it to know someone who has over a million dollars for doing the very things that you want to do in your own life? It’s pretty awesome. His advice and guidance has led me on a great path toward wealth and success. So how did I land a CEO mentor and how can you get one too? It’s a pretty basic story, actually.

I came to JSU completely annoyed by the lack of professionalism and good sense. I was ready to leave when I met my advisor who showed me that there were people with degrees and passion at my university. From the moment we met he knew I would be a great asset to the department and I felt that I would learn a great deal from the faculty as well. I was hungry to learn, you guys. I went to his office one day and told him that I wanted experience and anything I could do to build my portfolio was good with me. He sent me to work on some of his business projects and from then on we continued to build a phenomenal advisor-student relationship.

If you want a mentor, introduce yourself and get noticed. He was my advisor and professor so we had no other choice than to talk and get to know one another. He knew my professional and personal goals. I kept him up to date on events that were going on in my life both inside and outside of the classroom. Getting a mentor is essentially about building a relationship with someone who holds the roadmap to success.

You don’t walk up to someone and ask them to be your mentor. It’s like a friendship. You get to know someone and after a while it’s a mutual understanding that you are indeed friends. All CEOs aren’t worthy mentors, though. Just because you finally land a CEO to network with, it doesn’t mean they have the time or insight to help you. You’d like to infer that they do but more people than not actually blow out hot air for a living and collect a big check doing it.

I knew that my mentor was really intuitive and intelligent when I saw his warnings come to life. He warned me about the risk of getting an advanced degree right out of college. He also warned me about starting a business too soon as well. In both instances I saw his advice hold up in my classmates who struggled to find work with an advanced degree and little experience and the failures of those who wanted to go rogue too soon in their career.

When you do find a CEO who could make a great mentor for you, remember to get to know them and allow them to get to know you. Take initiative and be helpful to them without any conditions. A great mentorship could make the difference in your success. I’m telling you! Knowing people isn’t enough these days. You need a mentor and strong relationships to truly thrive in the workforce. Happy mentor hunting!


Published by Keiana Holleman

Proud HBCU alumna with a degree in communications seeking to change the world through writing, marketing, and social media!

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