How to find a Mentor who is worth a Damn - 3 Simple Questions

Self learning can be more accurately described as self directed learning. Nobody ever gets smarter without looking outside of themselves for knowledge. All throughout history even the greats had mentors; Socrates mentored Plato, Plato mentored Aristotle and Aristotle mentored Alexander the Great, even Einstein had numerous mentors. There is a well known saying that 'those that can't do, teach', this may be well and true of certain teachers but when you meet a great teacher you realise that the antithesis, while rare, is also very much true;

Those who understand the art of doing, owe it to society to teach

In order to seek out and find these great souls, we need to turn the teacher/student dynamic on its head and begin with the question; how do I find a teacher who is worth a damn?

The progress of any student does not lie squarely on his or her shoulders. Learning ninety percent of the wrong stuff correctly still leaves us a terrible student. In order to learn ten percent of the right stuff, we owe it to ourselves to come prepared and good preparation comes in the form of asking good quality questions.

So here are 3 questions to ask a potential teacher:

  1. What did you waste most of your time on, that was not that important at all?
  2. What are the key fundamentals I need to grasp in this subject?
  3. Knowing what you know now, how would you plan out your first month?


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