Thoughts on Finding a Mentor

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To get a mentor, and to even make use of them well, you need to be able to ask the right questions. You need to mature first on your perspective as an entrepreneur (and fundamentally a human being) in order to be able to do that.

No mentor, or respectable one, enjoys spending time with a child. The one thing every mentor revels in, is in seeing a perspective that is deeper than his, but lacks experience. That’s where mentorship becomes a mutually beneficial relationship; One built on respect, rather than old school rules of unconditional devotion.

“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.” 1 Corinthians 13:11

“The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.” Luke 6:40

 
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2 Responses to “Thoughts on Finding a Mentor”

  1. Shashank Gupta

    Very interesting thoughts Vijay. I was lucky enough to find good mentor’s whenever I needed in life. And I still remember them fondly. What I found to be the most difficult aspect of being a mentee was letting go of my mentor’s, growing up and accepting that I could be in charge of things. I shared a emotional bond with all my mentors, which was probably a reason for my not wanting to let them go.

    Today when I have reached a position where others look up to me as mentor, I realize how tough the job is, and how much dedication it requires to actually guide and enrich somebody’s life and goals.

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