We all need mentors. They’re essential for growth, but they aren’t created equal.
An average mentor will give you a map; a detailed list of guidelines and instructions for how to get from A to B (where they assumedly are).
An excellent mentor will give you a compass; they’ll point you in a direction, warn you about the perils you may encounter along the path, and send you on your way.
“The type of mentors who tend to be the most helpful are those who don’t necessarily give you an answer, but they give you a better way of finding that answer.”Tim Ferriss
An excellent mentor understand that your journey will not be the same as theirs was. Times change. Safe roads become perilous and vice versa.
Excellent mentors are less focussed on what you should do, and more focussed on dangers you should avoid as you navigate your own path.
Find people who model the life you want to lead and allow them to guide you, but never mould yourself into an exact replica of someone else. It’ll never work. Even if you follow their map religiously, you may find that you wield different tools.
You’re too much like you.
Mould your own excellence.