Finding a Mentor

In many ways, this generation is one of the most entrepreneurial in a long time.

But, as great as it is to strike it out on your own, sometimes people skip the crucial step of learning from someone who has gone before them. If you don’t have a mentor yet, consider finding one.

How do you find a mentor?

1.  Find someone who has gone before you.

Millions of young men and women are confident, smart and talented. Most of them try to “make it” alone. They spend many years trying to figure out a craft, and then start excelling in their late 30s or 40s. But if you can attach yourself to a master (of any profession), you can speed up your mastery and accelerate the process by a decade.

2.  Find mentors who believe in you.

Who you allow to speak into your life is a sacred choice. I see many young leaders damaged by submitting themselves to the next strong personality. The strong personality may be impressive and self-confident, but with no personal concern for you. Worse, they may simply flatter and use you to build their own platform.

The same way a good mentor imparts wisdom, character and craft, a bad mentor will impart their habits, reactions and particular worldviews, as well. A bad mentor can be like visiting a bad chiropractor: You leave worse than you start and your back be like, “why did you go there?”.

When a mentor believes in you, it does not feel like a possessive or controlling thing. He does not insist you do this or that. She feels more like a patient, listening friend. These mentors often become great guides and friends. They are not just advice-dispensing machines, they are people who are genuinely interested in you.

3.  Find a mentor that helps you discover your voice.

Many young voices are echoes, striving to sound like others. But echoes have a diminishing nature, they get weaker with each reverberation.  They find their voice for reason.

Who is your mentor in your life?

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