When I joined the Navy, I didn’t know the power of a mentor, but I was hungry. The fire burning inside me to be the best warrior I could be drove me, and I was blessed to find great mentors early, catapulting my career and accelerating my advancement.
Mentorship programs are prevalent in the Navy, and leaders encourage—sometimes force—sailors to pick someone, usually outside the chain of command, as a mentor. But mentors are a great tool for everyone, not just junior service members, and there are several ways to get the most from them.
Pick at Least Two
One mentor should be “similar” to you, for lack of a better term. This will help you connect with that person and relate more easily to his or her advice. The other mentor should “differ” from you and be one who doesn’t sugarcoat it. This will keep you honest and give you a different perspective. Just remember that both should be people who are successful and whom you want to emulate.