You have landed a new job, perhaps just out of college or maybe after a successful stint at another organization. You have lofty ambitions for your career. People have advised you to find a mentor to help you think about your long term goals and objectives. Hold it! Before you go any further, here's an important tip offered to me by a mentor many years ago. He reminded me before I started work, "Do the job that you have been assigned. Do it well. The best thing you can do for your long term career goals is to excel at your current assignment. Don't put tomorrow before today." It was tremendous advice. I encourage everyone to follow it.