Make your own Mentors in Life
I feel like one of the biggest things that differentiated me from my college classmates was that I had a mentor for almost every class. There was always an upperclassman who had taken the class before and I always asked them for advice before I signed up. I treated these friends/acquaintances like my mentors.
A lot of students like to go to their fellow classmates for help in a class. That can be helpful at times. However, the benefit of going and getting advice from a “mentor” is that they have already gone through the entire experience. Even if they did poorly in the course, they can probably still tell you how to get a good grade.
However, making your own mentors is not just limited to coursework, its a habitual thing. I identify people who I think have experience and knowledge about a particular topic, and I ask for their insight. I have noticed that if you approach these “mentors” the right way, they really appreciate that you acknowledge their insight and that you want to learn from them.
So I encourage you to make your own mentors. When someone might know more about a topic than you do, seek their insight. You can learn a lot of stuff, much faster, and make fewer costly mistakes if you find the right mentors.
Just to clarify, the idea behind this article strongly resonates with the idea behind this IDEB website. So far, this site has been getting a positive response from the community, and I wanted to thank everyone who has contributed to this project by either reading and/or writing articles.