What is a Mentor?

"Mentor ~ Someone whose hindsight can become your foresight."

In Japan they call them Kohai. In England Apprentice and in America Protege. We are those who defer to and learn from mentors. What is a mentor and why do so few people really have them? A mentor is not a coach, a teacher or an adviser although they may perform each of those roles. A mentor challenges and takes you to places inside yourself that you wouldn't go on your own. A mentor is a contrary force. A mentor isn't a support system for what you believe or would do anyway. A mentor provides new and challenging stimuli, hurdles that you believe are too high. Ideas and concepts that you have difficulty with. You defer to a mentor - otherwise why would you need one? A mentor is rare - you don't choose them. They choose you.

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