Mentors Help Identify Your Blind Spots
In terms of your career, blind spots on the road to achieving your version of success can be caused by many different things. Whether it be a lack of education, a lack of experience, or a lack of confidence, clearly, if you’re seeking a mentor, you already have some blind spots you’ve identified in yourself, or you need a mentor to show you what your blind spots are so you can fix them.
When discussing why it’s important for Black women to have mentors who look like them, Davis emphasized the importance of having a mentor who can better relate to your struggles. Just as with blind spots, someone who has been down the same road before is a great person to tell you what to look out for, and which learning curves might be the hardest. For her, it’s all about lifting as we climb higher up the industry.
“We live in a world that’s constantly telling us that having white allies in the workplace is important. While it is, we should remember that we succeed so much better when we ‘lift as we climb,'” she says. “Having a mentor that looks like you is important because they can relate to the same struggles and doubts that you can.”