Everyone needs someone that's a little bit older, a little bit wiser than them, to hear them out, advise them, help course-correct and make progress.
I would not be where I am without amazing mentors along the way.
It starts with that understanding teacher or professor. Or sports coach who stays behind after practice to talk with you, see what's bothering you.
Or maybe that boss at your first job who sees potential in you and wants to help guide you in the right direction.
It can be bewildering to find someone, especially if you just joined a new job, but also a great journey of discovery. Could be someone you bump into in the office lunchroom and say hello to. Maybe someone that's in the same meeting as you that seems open to your ideas.
So when you grab that next coffee break, think about someone you could request just ten minutes from, to learn from them and get a jump start on your career. And guess what - they might probably be just too happy to help, because the funny thing with mentorship is that it's a 2-way street, people enjoy giving advice to eager listeners.
And before you know it, somebody will need your advice too.
That's how you'll know you've made it.