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Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor: The New Way to Fast-Track Your Career by Sylvia Ann Hewlett

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Epilogue
Castles

Career success starts with building a castle—to give shape and form to a vision of where you want your journey to take you. The more splendid you can make this castle the better—it will deepen your resolve and spur you on. And believe me, you’ll need all the inspiration you can muster. In today’s intensely competitive work environment, with hordes of contenders grasping at the same trophy, you’ll need fierce determination to win the race. As we know, you’ll also need sponsors—two or three of them—to steer you onto the fast track and create the conditions that allow you to come in first.

Without sponsors, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Sponsorship plucked me from a Welsh coal-mining town and put me on track at Cambridge. Sponsorship ...

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