Outlines challenges facing mentors and how to neutralize those challenges. Written from the point of view of the mentor, the article also sheds light on the problem of finding a mentor and overcoming the common objections of taking on trainees.
The most urgent step to take when setting out to find a mentor is to take an inward glance of your attitude. To find a mentor, you must really want to find a mentor; you must be committed to the search and you must be committed to working with someone. Persons who gravitate toward appraising are mostly independent thinkers and doers, not generally cut from the cloth of those who want to work for others or want to take supervision from others. The most common and effective way to examine your attitude and prepare yourself to find a mentor is to visualize and picture yourself working with a mentor. Before applying the time tested nuts and bolts of the job of finding a mentor, apply some vision.... If you trully want to find a mentor, there is someone out there who is willing to step into that position....
I believe life
is a series of near misses.
A lot of what we ascribe to luck
is not luck at all.
It's seizing the day
and accepting responsibility
for your future.
It's seeing what other people don't see
and pursuing that vision.