This Is Why You Don’t Have a Mentor
“There is an old Zen kōan about an aspiring swordsman who approaches a master.
“I don’t have that long,” says the student. “I want to be good soon. What if I worked very hard and dedicated myself completely to the task?”
“Ok, 30 years,” he says back.
“But that’s even longer,” the student says with some perplexity. “I am telling you I am in a hurry.”
And so the master replies, “Precisely, students in a hurry end up taking even longer to learn what is right in front of them.”
“1. Mentorship is something you do, not something you get.
Mentorship, like all relationships, is a process, not an accomplishment.
2. Give as much as you get.
3. Keep your problems at home.
Your personal life is irrelevant.”