Mentors, Friends, Advisors, and Heroes – lucky to have them all in my life

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Here is a cut and paste from Seth Godin’s blog. This post resonated strongly with me this morning because I constantly reflect on how lucky I am to have the mentors, friends, and advisors who are in my life, in my life. All of them fall into Seth’s mentor description – where they have taken a very active interest in my life and have given their valuable and expensive time to me. I can very easily and honestly say that I wouldn’t be half the person I am today if it wasn’t for these people. Some people I have known my whole life, and some people I have met as recently as 6 months ago, and yet they all share the common thread of decency, good energy, loyalty, and integrity. They other key and extremely rare trait they all share is that they have never made me feel like what they are doing for me would result in an obligation or that they are doing me a favor. I hope I am giving them and others the same commitment that they have given me.

Heroes and mentors

Mentors provide bespoke guidance. They take a personal interest in you. It’s customized, rare and expensive.

Heroes live their lives in public, broadcasting their model to anyone who cares to look.

The internet has created a long tail of heroes. There are tens of thousands of musicians, artists, entrepreneurs, social leaders, politicians (okay, maybe not thousands of these), coders and colleagues to find and emulate. WWHD. What would my hero do?

I find heroes everywhere I look. I find people who speak to me over my shoulder, virtual muses, who encourage me to solve a problem or deal with a situation the way they would. This is thrilling news, because there are so many heroes, so freely available, whenever we need them.

For all the people out there using the fact that Jeff Bezos (or Jacqueline Novogratz or Husain Abdullah or Chris Anderson or Anne Jackson) won’t be their mentor as an excuse for inaction, there are a dozen who realize that their example is enough.

Like a custom made suit, a mentor is a fine thing to have if you can find or afford it. But for the rest of us, heroes will have to do.

Written by Sid Shah

October 15, 2010 at 8:49 am

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