Aristotle wrote “Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.” When it comes to your career, learning from a mentor who truly understands your industry is an education worth its weight in gold.

A mentor is someone who is in the same or a similar industry as you, but further along in their career. Because they have a greater body of knowledge and experience, they are able to teach you invaluable lessons that you’d otherwise have to learn the hard way. Ultimately, a mentor finds fulfillment in “paying it forward,” and you get to benefit from their targeted teachings and guidance. Here are four reasons why you need a mentor:

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