A lot of developers I know think that they could be so much more if they could just find a mentor to show them the way. This may or may not be true, that’s not the point of this thought.
It’s find spending time looking for a mentor, I even give people advice on how to find one form time to time. However, don’t spend all your time looking for a mentor. Occasionally, look around to see who else is looking for help and see if you can lend them a hand.
There are very few of us so far down on the ladder than there’s nobody below us to give a hand up. Look around, see who you can mentor. See who you can help up onto the next rung of the ladder, even if you are helping them get to the rung above you.
Helping others is a great way to show potential mentors that you understand. That you are not only seeking help, but seeking to help. They you won’t waste their time.
Also, if you help someone up, they might be in a position one day to help you up.
Give to get.
Look around right now. Check your email. Is there someone reaching out to you for help? If so, take the time to really listen (because real mentors listen first) and then help them solve their problem. help them understand their situation. Help them up the next rung on the ladder.
Be a mentor.
Until next time,
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