Mentors are defined as …
Why must we have right mentors?
- to survive in the competitive world: “1 Billion young people will start work in the next decade – only 40% in jobs that now exist” The Economist, 23 Jan 2016 via Founders4School
To find the right mentors:
- we can trust them and feel comfortable admitting when something is not going well. People whom we can share only good news != mentors.
- we respect (look up to, admire) them.
- it’s like finding a great friend . While we can’t 100% plan for it, but we can prepare to increase its likelihood.
To optimize our mentors:
- Prepare a list of well-thought questions. Good mentors are often successful by the world standard, hence their time is limited.
- Follow up! To quote Goncalo de Vasconcelos of SyndicateRoom, “make sure I follow up with whatever I’ve agreed to follow up with. Always.“
- Cherish our mentors by learning about their work and predict what they will do if they are in our situation/challenge, etc.
 “I’m not sure they consider themselves my mentors, but they are – whether they see themselves as such is almost irrelevant.” Goncalo de Vasconcelos of SyndicateRoom