Scott Lesizza Guest Post Written By: Scott Lesizza, Principal at Workwell Partners

If you think you can afford to start your professional career off without a mentor then do so. However, be warned that you may have to repeatedly start from scratch, fork out a lot of money and go through the same mistakes that others have already endured.

If I could do it over again, I would have done everything I could to identify someone who cared enough to offer guidance. I was young and fresh out of college without a clear plan of what I wanted to do. I come from a blue collar background – my dad was a chef and my mom was a stay-at-home mom – so the reality was I did not have a clue as to how to go about working my way up the career ladder to a leadership position. I still thought I knew it all, but I found myself repeatedly learning through ‘the school of hard knocks’. Should I get a certificate of honor? Perhaps. However, it was not worth the years lost because I did not have someone to go to for sound business advice.

Here are five pointers I wish a mentor would have given me some twenty-plus years ago that would have helped me skip over a few hurdles I’ve encountered on my path to becoming a business leader.

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