The Power of a Good Mentor
I’ve been a User Experience (UX) Designer since 2012, and I’ve had many mentors since then. I’ve had mentors who I met at events, mentors I used to work with, and yes, even mentors who managed me. All of these relationships offered exactly what I needed to grow at the time. But in this article, I want to talk about one mentor who came at precisely the right time just about a year ago. She re-shaped not only my career but also my entire life.
Before I tell you about this awesome mentor I had, I want to talk about the type of person I was before I met her. I was a classic example of one of the women in How Women Rise (a book I would highly recommend by the way). I was a high-achiever but somehow stuck in my career and life. Here are some of the habits I had before my mentor came along:
- I said yes to every type of gig, task, or responsibility.
- I didn’t understand how to sell myself or my work.
- I devalued myself and found ways to make less doing more without meaning to.
- I worked overtime thanklessly, and even without being asked to.
- I always assumed my work would speak for me, and that if I just kept at it that I would naturally excel.
- I spent a lot of time trying to fix my weaknesses, even when it meant doing things I didn’t enjoy or find value in.
- I didn’t know how I could lead, or what I could uniquely offer.