“Many editors also lean toward the introvert side of the spectrum, but this doesn’t mean we’re inherently bad at networking. In fact, introverts can be even better at networking than our extrovert peers! All it takes is practice. Here are 9 tips to use at your next networking event …”
For me, a mentor is basically Dumbledore: a wise, composed, compassionate teacher with a sense of humor who is somehow able to see a few steps ahead. (Note: the beard is optional.)
It’s the way she answers my questions, teaching me why and how.
It’s the challenges she presents, daring me to take that one extra action, because who knows? Something wonderful might happen.
It’s her calm demeanor, whatever the storm (including a corrupted file masquerading as a 200+ page manuscript).
It’s her words of encouragement, her gentle way of picking me up after a stumble, helping me shake off the dust, and then encouraging me to get back on track—never doing it for me, mind you, but instead making sure I know I’m supported through it all.
It’s her self-deprecation, her subtle way of reminding me that she’s a human being, too, rather than a superheroine (though I swear she needs a cape).
Most of all, it’s her belief in me, steadfast and nurturing without any condescension (even when I trip toward stupidity).
My mentor wants me to learn, grow, and figure things out on my own. But she’s there for it all, too: a steady, cheerleading force of nature. For me, that is the definition of a mentor.
So how do you find one? Chances are you already have; you just haven’t realized it.
Who is the first person you turn to when you have a problem you can’t seem to solve?
Who is the first person you think of when your career seems stalled and you don’t know the next move?
Who calms you down, lifts you up, and helps you get back on your feet?
Who has been there, done that, and lived to tell the tale?
You can always ask someone to be your mentor, but I don’t think that’s strictly necessary. What matters most is that you team up with someone you can learn from in a positive way who makes you want to keep pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone just enough to grow.
A true mentor wants you to succeed—not for selfish reasons but because they truly believe in your ability …
For me, what began as a mentor/mentee relationship has turned into a friendship, and I am now able to give back. She taught me that, too: reciprocation. For that—and for her—I am more grateful than I could ever say.
“Every editor eventually faces the question of ‘damage control’ and over a long career, may face it more than once. Preparation is the best way to address the issue.”
“As an introvert with anxiety, the ability to work from home has been a godsend. There’s no elevator small talk. Meetings are accomplished over text and email. The phone stays off, and my mind stays steady.
It may sound reclusive, but the truth is I do work better this way, because I’m not anxious about making a good impression. The computer doesn’t judge, and I don’t have to second-guess anything but the words on my screen.
There are times, however, when venturing out into the business world is unavoidable. When that happens, there are a few things I’ve found that can help take the edge off …”
From The Mighty.