Last week, Levo kicked off its first-ever “Mentor Power Hour” with Levo’s own CEO, Caroline Ghosn. First in a series of live Facebook Q&As that will bring you even more access to the advice of top shelf leaders and influencers, Ghosn answered your questions on career, success, life, and everything in between. Check out the full Q&A session on Facebook (and Like Us if you don’t already!), and catch up on few of our favorites takeaways from the Q&A:
1. Take care of yourself. (No, but really.)
Between taking care of work and family, often times the first thing that is forgotten is taking care of you. From meditation, yoga, exercise, to a quick spiritual ritual, it is important to take time for yourself to re-charge. As Ghosn says, “Life will always throw challenges at you no matter what, but the way that you approach those challenges is everything and cultivating your resilience in the face of that will determine your longevity and endurance.”
2. Embrace mentorship.
Finding good mentorship is so important when figuring out your ultimate career path. “Mentoring is amazing for many reasons. Beyond the incredible satisfaction of helping someone, teaching them to navigate potential landmines based on your experience helps you to crystallize what you have learned from your experience and makes you a more thoughtful and feedback-oriented person,” says Ghosn. For her, those mentors include Sheryl Sandberg, Gina Bianchini, and Fran Hauser.
3. Don’t be afraid to go after your purpose.
If you’re like most Millennials, you’re constantly trading ideas for side businesses or passions you’ve identified but are afraid to pursue. It’s easy to feel stuck. But as Ghosn put it when asked one thing she would tell her 20-year-old self, it is never too early or too late to start going after your passions and dive into your goals. “Think about what energizes you and start to put your purpose to paper. It’s never too early to write a mission statement and it’s okay if it changes throughout your life, but having that as a compass will help guide you when you feel lost,” she says. “So much time is wasted by not having a mission statement that you can use to test your career decisions and direction against.”.
4. Ask yourself: What’s next?
Finding that courage to pursue your passion is amazing. Yet often times, once you have the motivation to start a business it’s still hard to figure out exactly what the next step is. Solution? Start with a problem statement instead of a typical business plan to take your idea to the next level.
As Ghosn demonstrated during her journey with Levo, “I would think about it as starting with a problem statement. e.g., ‘There is no place where people under 35 can go to navigate their careers, but this is the most difficult time in your life to do so. That doesn’t make sense. How can we solve that?’ (that is Levo’s!). Then test multiple ideas and hypotheses around how to solve that as a point of departure.”
5. Know that you are not alone.
If you remember one thing from this article, remember this. Whether it’s job-searching, trying to balance raising a family while working 9-to-5, taking care of your health, or trying to get your feet off the ground and find purpose, you are by no means the only one out there who is feeling that way.
“You will get through this,” Ghosn says. “The world is moving at a crazy, crazy pace and the average amount of time that someone like us who is a millennial (currently 18-34 years old) spends in a job is only 18 months. This means people are in between jobs and finding new career paths all the time—the reason that I am saying this is because I want you to know that you are not alone and that you will get through this.” Sigh of relief: Check!
Keep checking our Facebook page for details on our next Levo Mentor Power Hour—coming your way soon!
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