‘When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, THEN you will be successful” ~ Eric Thomas. This is a quote from a YouTube video that was shown to me. The person who introduced this video to me is not only a friend, but one of my many mentors. I believe a mentor is someone who is there for words of encouragement or advice whenever you need it.
Through the CMT program, we are assigned a mentor, typically a manager within the hotel, but outside of your division. My assigned mentor was a CMT in Engineering a few years ago and is now the Director of Engineering at the hotel. We chat periodically about my program and how everything is going outside of work. Wes encourages me to “take advantage of your CMT program, you are given the respect as a manager without the true responsibility of one.”
Although I was assigned a mentor, I couldn’t have just one! At this time, I have 8 mentors that I selected and 1 that was assigned to me. There are just so many people that I have come into contact with during my program and they have all taught me something different. Janet taught me “there is no such thing as a bad experience, there are just opportunities to improve.” Not all of my mentors know that that they are mentors, but most of them do know that I have selected them as a mentor. Each one of the mentors that I selected was picked for a specific quality that I admire about them. It may be for their personality or for their leadership style.
Discussions with my mentors have helped me to not only notice things that I may not have noticed on my own, but has helped me grow as a person. They may not realize how much I’ve picked up not only from the things they’ve told me, but from their actions as well. Because of them I am an even stronger person and will be a better manager. A special thanks goes out to my mentors (in no particular order): Ronisha, Gwen, Wes, Vicky, Michelle, Janet, Faisal, Robert, and Alissa. Another thank you goes out to my future mentors because I know there are many more to come!