The 3 Lists of People You Need to Combat Work Troubles
Professional life can be hard, especially if you don't have the right support system in place. If you work in an office, you probably have friends around whom you can rely on. But if you work from home, are part of a really small team, or are a budding entrepreneur, it can get difficult to handle yourself during dire situations. At times like these, you need to know the right people to call on for help.
Meredith Fineman, founder of FinePoint Digital PR, recalls that the most difficult part of starting her business was realising that she was all alone in this. And to fix that, she made three types of list of people to call in case of trouble.
Feed Your Career Octopus
For business and work advice, find mentors who are proficient in different roles and skill sets. "I think of them as a Career Octopus--each arm or mentor brings something different and wonderful to the table," Fineman says. Mentors can advise you on a wide variety of problems, whether it's the fear of failure or calming you down during a crisis.
Brain Trust Of Peers
While mentors will give you advice, you also need suggestions from people who do the same things as you do. Seek out peers and gather a brain trust whom you can bounce ideas off and gain insights when needed. Don't worry about them being competition -- chances are, they will be as glad to have you to rely on.
The Crying List
When you are too overwhelmed and need a hand or a shoulder to cry on, you need a list of people who will support you in any mood, at any time. "I also have a list of people that I feel I can call when I just want to throw in the tear-soaked towel. When I want to have someone give me health insurance, and have an office scavenger hunt," Fineman says.
Fineman advises making these lists for yourself too, and sticking them on your bulletin board, ready for any emergency.