Tips For The Unrelenting Creative: How A Mentor Can Help You Get Ahead

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Hi everyone,

Happy Tuesday! Thank you to those of you who offered feedback on the introduction to my book last week, I greatly appreciate it. It’s not too late to offer your thoughts, it would be great to hear from you. I hope that the start of February finds you into the flow of 2022 and please do not hesitate to reach out if I can be helpful in any way.

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  • How A Mentor Can Help You Get Ahead: I often get overwhelmed with life and career decisions that impact my path. My fear is always that the decision I make will be the wrong one, sending me down a path that I won’t like. The first thing I do when I hit a fork in the road is pick up the phone and call one of my mentors for advice. Having a group of individuals I can count on to help me make career and life decisions has truly helped me focus my ideas and stay on my desired path. 

    Tip: Identify 2-3 individuals to serve as mentors and ask if they would be willing to guide you in your career from time to time. I have different mentors for career advancement, financial stability, and work and life integration. While not formal coaches or mentors, I know that I can call upon them when I need advice. Here’s a great article that discusses the value of great mentorship. 

    Related: 5 Steps To Solidify Your Career Path
  • How To Create A Culture Of Belonging At Work: Between March of 2020 and April of 2021 (the month I received my second vaccine dose), I went to my place of employment five times. The rest of the time, I was working from home, taking meetings on Zoom, and generally trying to stay on top of things. During this time, I remember feeling a sense of separation from my colleagues. I would see many of them on a daily Zoom calls, however, I missed the incidental conversations that would come up before meetings or in the hallway.

    Tip: Work to create space for connection at your place of employment. Take time for friendly conversations on zoom calls, schedule a coffee with a coworker when you know you’ll both be physically at work or even, (gasp) pick up the phone and call your coworker to catch up. We are social beings and working in a remote or hybrid situation can be isolating. Here’s an article that highlights the importance of belonging in the workplace.

    Related: How To Design Your Workweek
  • How To Take Free Land In Rural America: The pandemic caused a lot of people to consider a move to a different part of the country. With remote work on the rise, individuals living in expensive, urban centers moved to more rural parts of the country where the cost of living was lower and housing was affordable. In some parts of Kansas, land was, and continues to be, free.

    Tip: Living in a rural area lowers your financial risk, allows for greater risk taking in your creative endeavors, and can be a great place to build a tight knit community. When considering a move, look for incentives that economic development communities are using to help draw people away from urban centers. In some cases, communities will pay you to relocate.

    Related: 4 Things To Consider As You Find A Place To Call Home

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Nate Zeisler is the Dean for Community Initiatives at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. He envisions a world where students majoring in the arts have a clear path to a sustainable career, where creative minds are empowered and inspired to rule the workforce, and where access to the arts is not just for the privileged few, but for all.

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