What happened if I didn’t have a mentor?

In an occasion, I was attending a group meeting with other youth. Our topic of the meeting was “mentor and disciple relationship.”
We allowed questions to evolve around this topic as we go. Some questions arose were:
Do you have a mentor?
Who’s your mentor?
Why did you choose this person as your mentor?
What are the quality you seek for mentor?
What is the role of mentor and/or disciple?

This immediately reminded me about what I’ve written in my Master Thesis as a forward. Before we continue, let’s define the word ‘mentor’.

An experienced and trusted adviser.

Oxford dictionary

For me, ‘mentor’ is a person who has:
1. My trust
2. Lived experience
3. Able to guide/lead the way
Probably, every person have their own set of qualities they seek for their mentor. In addition, I believe there’s a different set of values for a disciple but I will leave that to another post.

In my life, so far, I have two significant mentors in my life. One of them is my supervisor. She had all three values I listed above; however, she actually told me additional qualities which are:
– Courage to explore unknown
– Nurture one to be better individual than themselves
– Believe in the potential of their disciples

Without a mentor in life, one can easily succumb to folly.

Without a mentor in life, one can easily become self-centered, capricious and arrogant.

Daisaku Ikeda

Without a mentor in my life, I would be:
– Living a life as a narrow minded person
– Still trapped in my past, living as a victim
– Living without a purpose
– Lost in self

Without a mentor in my life, I wouldn’t be who I am. This is why I encourage others to seek for a wise mentor who can guide you through your life and navigate your life with you.

What are the qualities you seek for your mentor?
Do you have a mentor in your life?
What did your mentor led you to?

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