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September 18, 2010

Finding a Mentor

One of the best things that you can do to help yourself professionally and personally is to find a mentor. That is, someone who has been on the path that you are choosing and is willing to share their experiences with you. But be warned ahead of time, it can be unpleasant. A mentor will not be your friend. Your friends accept you the way you are. A mentor doesn't.

A mentor will help you with specific questions, such as "how do I get promoted to that new job I want?", not "Why is the world so unfair?" If you don't ask the right questions, your mentor can't help you. A mentor is a teacher. You have to see yourself as a student.

A mentor doesn't have to be successful. There are many people out there who are happy to have you "learn by their fail". A mentor doesn't want blind obedience, they want you to ask. You can argue with them, but only to try to understand better. You have to manage your mentor, keep them on track with what you want to know, otherwise they may just ramble on, and on, and on.

The mentor of King Arthur, Merlin the Magician, told him, "Learn why the world wags and what wags it." If you want to learn how the world works, listen, and learn. If you would like to read the definitive book about how Merlin was a mentor to King Arthur, read "The Once and Future King". If reading isn't your thing, watch the movie "Camelot" - but be warned, Richard Harris sings in it!

If you would like to learn Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or Dreamweaver, please contact me. I do personal on-site training sessions in the greater Phoenix, Arizona area. It's not magic, it just feels that way.

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