Most people don’t even take the first step to finding a mentor. Most people never ask, most people never pickup the phone. Steve Jobs’ advice on is to take action and be willing to fail.
This may sound like a strategy for could calling and it probably works in that situation as well. However, I have found that most people don’t even try to find someone to help them. As someone who has mentored many, many people over the last 20 years, I have first hand experience in dealing with this.
My experience in Toastmasters clubs in South Africa and China have also guided me to become a more effective mentor. The key strategy to finding a mentor is to article a plan for your life. If you’re not sure where you’re going, you’ll never take the first step because everywhere will look like the right direction.
Using Self Authoring
For people who are uncertain, confused or stuck, I recommend they sign-up for Dr Jordan Peterson’s Self Authoring writing program. Self Authoring is broken down into three modules:
- Past Authoring: Reflections on issues from your past that still haunt you
- Present Authoring: Reflections on your vices and virtues and current situation
- Future Authoring: A vision of your best and worst scenarious
Recently, I’ve been trying to find a mentor for an intern in my company. His major is internal auditing and he is doing part-time studies through UNISA, one of the largest correspondence universities in the world. Since this is not a field in which I have any experience, I have reached out to people on my LinkedIn network to find a suitable mentor for him.
Anyway, I recommend you watch this short video featuring Steve Jobs advice and pay careful attention on you may use this in all areas of your life. Somewhere in the Bible it said, knock and the door will open, ask and it will be given.