Mentors guide us by showing us their way. Most learn best through watching someone else's example, so you can learn a lot from the experience of a mentor. Here a 5 easy steps to choose your next mentor:
1) Mutual Admiration
Find someone who excels in an area that you are interested in. Notice if they show interest and see potential in you.
2) Clarify Expectations
What do you hope to receive out of this relationship? Communicate to your mentor what you want to learn and see if it's a good fit.
3) Be a Student
Be willing to adjust to your mentor's availability. Ask questions and listen. Soak up as much information as you can.
4) Remove the Pedestal
Don't expect perfection or you'll be disappointed. When you "look up" to someone, the only place they can go is down.
5) Times Change
Strive to have several mentors in a lifetime. As your mentors change, so should you.
Seek out mentors that you can learn from, but be realistic about what he/she can offer. Look for someone who is willing to show and tell you. Because you learn best through example; find an "example" that best suits you!
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