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The Education Mentor
What do you need to learn , or what type of education do you need to obtain , to land your ideal job ? An educational mentor is one that can provide guidance on gaining understanding in a subject . Co-workers that have previously served as professors or teachers are a wonderful resource , but people that actively participate in seminars , conferences and job training can be even more helpful . The Networking Mentor Networking is a part of professionalism that comes naturally to some and is a source of anxiety for others . You can ’ t get to where you want to be professionally on your own . A networking mentor is a person that ’ s great at making and cultivating relationships . They ’ ll have a huge network of their own that you can tap into , and they ’ ll help you build your personal contact list . The social butterfly of your office that always seems to have a connection is usually a good candidate for this mentoring role , especially if they are successful in your industry . However , they should have a good reputation of not gossiping , creating drama or taking advantage of the people they know . The Work-life Balance Mentor Your job is important , but it should never overshadow your life . People that can provide guidance on juggling the two are usually easy to spot . They aren ’ t workaholics that never leave the office . They usually have mementos of family and friends at their desk . They take vacations and have a healthy social life while being a standout employee . A work-life balance mentor helps you find ways to prioritize and focus on your occupational ONE Thing in the office so you don ’ t take your work home with you . The Expertise Mentor Do you know someone that has or had the job you want ? There ’ s no better person to turn to than someone who ’ s actually done the work you want to do . An expertise mentor can give insider advice on how they got to where they are , what to expect when you get there and the skills you need to master to excel . It ’ s best to make sure they ’ re not someone in direct competition for the job you want or that already holds the position you ’ d love to have . Instead , look for someone in a similar position in another department , or look for someone that ’ s held the position in the past who has moved up the ladder .
Having more than one mentor not only ensures that you will cover all of your bases , it also gives you multiple points of view to pull from , and it doesn ’ t put all the mentoring on the shoulders of a single person . By splitting up mentor responsibilities , the pool of candidates will increase and you ’ ll be in a better position to find people who can help you hit both your short-term and long-term career goals .


Gary Keller is the founder and chairman of the board for Keller Williams Realty , the world ’ s largest real estate franchise by agent count . A finalist for Inc . Magazine ’ s Entrepreneur of the Year award , Keller is recognized as one of the most influential leaders in the real estate industry , leading his company to 30 consecutive years of growth and profitability . Keller has written three nationally best-selling books : The Millionaire Real Estate Agent , The Millionaire Real Estate Investor , and SHIFT : How Top Real Estate Agents Tackle Tough Times . As a coach and keynote speaker , he has helped countless others find success narrowing down their ONE thing . Unsurprising to those who know him , his greatest achievement is the life he ’ s built with wife Mary and their son John .


Before Jay Papasan co-authored the best-selling Millionaire Real Estate series with Gary Keller , he worked as an editor at Harper Collins Publishers . There he worked on such best-selling books as Body-for-Life by Bill Phillips and Go for the Goal by Mia Hamm . Jay also co-owns a successful real estate team affiliated with Keller Williams Realty with his wife Wendy in Austin , TX .