Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week!
On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, I talk about how to find mentors to help you level up and grow.
Think of someone you want to learn from, someone you respect, but don’t know. How do you show up on their radar? How do you get a bit of their time, council, and mentorship so you can grow?
The thing about people who are up to big things is that they tend to have a lot on their plate. That includes having a lot of people, sometimes hundreds or thousands, all wanting something from them. Everywhere they go someone’s asking for their help, time, or resources.
You could be a great person, a mini-Gandhi in the making, but if you approach them the same way that everyone else does, your voice will get lost in the crowd—the crowd of people who all “want” something from them.
So what’s the alternative?
Every mentor I have ever wanted to meet and learn from has something they care about that isn’t getting much attention or could use some extra support. It could be a little passion project they started or a non-profit they really care about for example. Whatever it is, it’s something that could use a little help, but chances are, most people don’t know about it—it’s under the radar.
Find that thing that they care about and authentically support it. Not as a means to an end, but because it deserves it. Support it because you respect them and believe in the project. Support it because the project could use your help and your unique skill set.
Everyone wants, few are willing to give. But as my friend Sean Stephenson says, “The more you give, the more you live.”
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