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To Find a Great Mentor, Become the Ideal Apprentice

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Become an idea apprentice

How do you go about finding a great mentor?

Earlier this week, contributor Jessica Stillman explained why depending on your parents for mentorship isn’t always a good idea. So how then, can you develop a relationship with someone who’s willing to give you quality advice?

Tim Ferris says the answer is becoming an ideal apprentice. Over at his blog, he’s running a six-part series from author Robert Greene about how to do just that.

In the first post of the series, Robert writes:

You must value learning above everything else. This will lead you to all of the right choices. You will opt for the situation that will give you the most opportunities to learn, particularly with hands-on work. You will choose a place that has people and mentors who can inspire and teach you. A job with mediocre pay has the added benefit of training you to get by with less— a valuable life skill.

If your apprenticeship is to be mostly on your own time, you will choose a place that pays the bills—perhaps one that keeps your mind sharp, but that also leaves you the time and mental space to do valuable work on your own. You must never disdain an apprenticeship with no pay. In fact, it is often the height of wisdom to find the perfect mentor and offer your services as an assistant for free. Happy to exploit your cheap and eager spirit, such mentors will often divulge more than the usual trade secrets.

In the end, by valuing learning above all else, you will set the stage for your creative expansion, and the money will soon come to you.

You can read the full post here.

At the bottom of the post, you’ll also find links to five more pieces on this topic, each focused on a tip that will help you succeed as an apprentice.

Do you think of yourself as an apprentice? What skill are you learning?

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