Being a driven and goal oriented Latina comes with its challenges. One of them being that you might be the first in your family and close circle striving for more. You can have the most loving people in your life but oftentimes they don’t have the capacity to be supportive of your goals and dreams. In this post I’m going to explain the importance of mentorship for Latinas because you’ll progress faster when you have guidance.
As First-Gen Latinas many of us were taught to persevere and work hard to accomplish our goals. You probably also heard that it’s best to “keep your head down” and to just be grateful for what you already have. There is nothing wrong with wanting more though. You’re able to be grateful for everything you have and still want more.
As I continue connecting with other like minded Latinas doing big things, I hear how common it is to lose friendships after gaining success. Unfortunately, some people can get triggered by others taking courageous actions leading to jealousy or hurtful comments. Because of these reasons and more, it is important to find long term mentorship as you progress in your journey. Continue reading for some of the reasons why.
The first benefit of having mentorship is that they will offer guidance. Since they have achieved similar goals to yours, they’re the perfect person to work with when you’re seeking help. You’re able to learn from their mistakes and can even take a different route if they offer new ideas. A mentor will support you through challenges and celebrate with you when you reach milestones. They’ll also help you see new perspectives, leading to breakthroughs.
Let’s face it, representation matters. When you are looking to grow in your professional or personal development journey, it helps when you see others similar to you in those roles. By finding mentorship in someone who shares a similar life experience to you, it makes your goal more attainable because now it’s proven that it can be done. Your journey now seems more doable and relatable and you’ll feel more inspired to take action.
Teach you skills
Having a mentor in your field is important because they help you develop skills. Since they are more experienced than you, they’re able to offer guidance on interpersonal and technical skills. You also have access to trends and best practices from them, helping you achieve your goals faster.
When you work with a mentor, you also have access to other people in their circle. Your mentor is able to introduce you to their network of people they have connected with throughout their career. They also can provide you with recommendations for other networking opportunities such as in person events like conferences or meetups. This will open doors for you in so many ways. You’ll have the potential to create new connections, partnerships and collaborations of your own leading to endless amazing opportunities.
Having a mentor will give you the confidence to go after your goals. They will be your biggest cheerleader rooting for you which will boost your confidence to keep going. They’ll provide guidance and positive feedback to help you in your journey. They’ll also provide validation, which feels like a gift when you’re creating new paths for yourself.
One final thought I have on the importance of mentorship is to put yourself out there when looking for a mentor. Don’t be shy and reach out to different people who you admire because the worst that can happen is they can say no (for whatever reason). Either way, you can still learn from them indirectly by consuming their content, reading their books, attending their events etc.
A mentor doesn’t have to have a direct relationship with you. I still haven’t met some of my favorite mentors in person yet and I’ve learned so much from them during my business and personal journey. But with all that said, it is more impactful when you have a direct relationship with them so take that risk by making that first move.
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