Think I’m going to coin that phrase, right here and now –
In your search for knowledge and truth, you are going to find that one mentor will not be enough.
Any one mentor, at any given time, is perfect for what you need at that moment
But that, in itself, may not be enough to sort out the whole puzzle. You’re going to have to go out and get a second opinion.
You’ll end up taking a little something from everyone as you go.
As each mentor teaches you something and you incorporate it into your day, your day will take on a new shape.
This will lead to yet more questions, needs, and desires.
You will eventually find that one mentor can’t possibly have every answer.
You’ll also find that as you grow, what it is that you’d hoped to build may change form.
The lessons you learn from one mentor will develop into goals that can only be developed with a different mentor.
Does this mean I’ll always be changing mentors?
No. There may be some who had their part to play and that was that. But many of your mentors will continue helping you in one way or another.
You’re also going to find that new information and new ways of thinking, taught to you by one mentor, will enable you to better utilize another.
You’ll be able to double back and use something that just didn’t make sense to you at the time.
As you evolve, what you know comes to mean different things
This is a truly interesting and fun thing to become aware of.
You’re going to see facts differently.
These seemingly static items are discovered to be plastic, fluid, and flexible.
What it is, is that you’re now processing information differently. The facts really do stay the same. That rock in the corner is still a rock.
But how you looked at it as a child compared to how you look at it as an adult, can come to mean two different things.
To a child, it’s just a rock. Aside from size, shape, and color they won’t have much more to add.
To an adult, it can be a tool, a piece of art, a mineral storehouse, a problem needing fixing, an answer to your prayers, a paper weight, a weapon, a door stop, etc. You get the picture.
The rock is just a rock as far as its main definable features go.
Other than epiphanies and accidental discoveries, you don’t know all these things until someone else tells you of them.
One mentor taught you about rocks. The next may teach you about how to use them in construction.
Neither teacher is wrong or lacking intelligence. But you pull from both to become the sum of their parts.
That is the power in “Knowledge is Power”
So, don’t get too locked into any one person’s teaching agenda.
What they have to share may really work great for you for a long time.
The trick is to stay aware of your needs and constantly compare your results against your efforts, as directed by that mentor.
If you’re not getting a suitable return for time invested, then it’s either because you need to try harder or you need a fresh take on your situation.
Only you can decide which is which when that time comes.