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Asking a business person to be your mentor may seem like an intimidating task, but it could potentially make all the difference between an ordinary career and an out-of-this world, successful career. According to Colorado Technical University's infographic, 96 percent of professionals who were mentored were able to apply what they've learned directly to their careers, with 71 percent of Fortune 500 companies offering mentoring programs to young professionals. Let's take a look at the infographic to see just how easy and beneficial having a business mentor truly is.
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Some of the greatest entrepreneurs have risen to the top of their industries due to the knowledge and guidance of their mentors. Sir Richard Branson, for instance, attributes much of his success to two mentors in his life: Sir Freddie Laker, who mentored Branson while he was establishing Virgin Atlantic; and Branson's own "mum" who has mentored him throughout his life. Additionally, Bill Gates, the genius behind the Microsoft empire, often credits Warren Buffett, the billionaire investor, for his business success, and Oprah can be heard singing the praises of her mentor and friend, author Maya Angelou. The ordinary become extraordinary through mentorships, so don't be afraid to ask for a mentor's helping hand while on your career path.
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