How to Find Your First Mentor

Every piece of career advice you’ll ever get talks about the value of a mentor.

Mentors in Conversations

Naturally, everybody who doesn’t have a mentor wants one.

So they approach potential mentors with emails about what they need. What they don’t realize is that the mentor-mentee relationship is something that occurs organically, when both of them have something of value to offer each other. All of the following are patterns I’ve observed over 700 plus interviews and conversations with friends about how people found their mentors.
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A Tolerance for Uncertainty Is the Price of Admission for an Extraordinary Life

For most people, uncertainty fills them with fear, panic, and anxiety.

An Ordinary Life

It causes them to dream up catastrophic worst-case scenarios, most of which never come true. It keeps them playing small instead of big, and in the stands instead of the arena. But in any life in which you don’t just choose from the options in front of you, uncertainty is inevitable. Extraordinary achievements are rarely the result of a predictable, safe, and linear trajectory.
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