A Bronx Tale
I’ve been thinking a lot lately. I mention this because it’s not the typical unconscious, daily grind, checklist type thinking.
It’s less tactical, but more present. Unfortunately it’s often more aspirational than reality, but hey you gotta start somewhere.
On of the recurring topics for me lately is that of mentors. Specifically that I’ve under appreciated, and under utilized them.
What is a mentor?
I really like the concept of the “personal Mt. Rushmore”, but for me that’s more about admirable people that are probably not going to be available for coffee or random text message. I realize the book that popularized this imagery uses it for more down to earth people, but I equate Mt. Rushmore with larger than life icons. For example Elon Musk is on my personal Mt. Rushmore.
I also dig the “mastermind group” or “personal network” concepts, but those are usually formal relationships. In other words, the members know they are in such a group with/for you. It’s an approachable but powerful group that usually meets on a infrequent, but scheduled basis. Making good use of that group’s time is essential. I don’t really utilize such a group because the direction I crave is so cross functional it would inevitably waste members’ time each meeting.
Enter the sweet spot. Good ol’ fashioned mentors.
Simply put - they are people you look to because they are models for something you desire to achieve.
It could be professionally, spiritually, physically, almost anything.
They may not have it all figured out, but they seem to be further along than you. Although they may notice you picking their brain from time to time, they likely never got asked to “be” a mentor.
They just are. Perhaps unknown to them.
They may be executives, friends, peer level co-workers, beach bums, whatever. Depends on what you are hoping to excel in.
Regardless a personal mentor is someone who wouldn’t go seeking a restraining order if you shot them a text or invited them for a beer sometime.
I’ve been trying to leverage these resources more effectively.
Good news… it’s been fun.
I get the occasional golden nugget of wisdom, while hanging out with people I admire and care for.
Here are some of the low impact strategies I’ve been playing with to nurture these very important relationships.
I am an avid supporter of Elon Musk and his current/future endeavors; however, it’s about time he said this out loud to the world, paying homage and respect to the organized collective of significant and monumental achievements of NASA, which provided - literally (on my birthday, of all dates) - the launchpad for Space X and their efforts to (r)evolutionize the aerospace industry.