Last night I spoke at NYU about several tools for a successful life. One of those tools is mentors, but I have a new definition of mentoring fostered by one of my own favorite mentors, Carole Hyatt.
Carole taught me about “mentoring moments,” those powerful junctures in time when you gain a nugget, knowledge, a connection, or revelation that makes an impact on the way you live, work, and believe.
In busy times when it’s hard to find that one mentor who will take you to lunch and look in your eyes, watch for those moments when youget a revelation from a book, overhear a conversation, or grab a truth from a tweet or Facebook post.
Many of my great mentors are those from a distance, ones I admire and want to emulate but not because they’re focused on me, but rather I’m focused on them.
I get many requests to be a mentor, and invariably we discuss similar things each time. Virtually every best idea I offer in mentoring is already published somewhere via my books, podcasts, or this daily blog.
So rather than wait for that one right mentor who will pour into you, scour the landscape and open your beautiful eyes to the many mentoring moments that abound. Take each one and collect them like treasures, realizing you ARE being mentored, one moment at a time.