selecting the best mentors

Selecting the best mentors.


Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. Explore. Dream. Discover.

– Mark Twain


I like to read … why? To be entertained, to learn new things, and to stimulate thinking.  Both Seth Godin and Tom Peters are authors that are favorites of mine. They are two of my selections for silent mentors … they mentor through their writings and presentations. Selecting the best mentors should be your priority.


Related: Creative Collaboration is the Solution for the Toughest Business Problems


Yes … they both do stimulate a lot of thinking and learning, but they both have a great knack for entertaining while they teach and silently mentor. They also share these other common attributes that makes them such successful mentors for me:


Great storytellers 

… in their writing and presentation styles


Do a lot of reading

 in many diverse fields


Show passion in everything they do

 they both wear their enthusiasm and passion day in and day out


Connect the dots

… you can see their logic by the analogies that they draw for their readers, from many viewpoints


Effective curators

… when they used others work as they often do, they always add considerable value


Great learners

 I have followed their writing and speaking for almost a decade now … you can watch them continually stretch and grow


Never stop initiative 

… always trying something new



Yes, there are probably many, many current great authors with these attributes, but you’ll be hard pressed to find better mentors.


You can’t make anything or anyone grow; you can only provide the right conditions. My mentor selections are very good at providing the right conditions.


So, who are your favorite silent mentors and what sets them apart for you? Any comments or questions to add below?


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Mike Schoultz is the founder of Digital Spark Marketing, a digital marketing and customer service agency. With 40 years of business experience, he blogs on topics that relate to improving the performance of your business. Find them on G+Twitter, and LinkedIn.  


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