Dictionary.com defines a mentor as “a wise and trusted counselor or teacher, an influential senior sponsor or supporter.”
As a young man I longed for mentors, and I had several good ones: John Staat, Jay O’Keefe, Dick Brooks, Clyde Gassaway, my own dad. Also remember times when I wanted one, but the one I wanted was unavailable, at least unavailable to me.
Also, have noticed through the years that most mentoring programs don’t work. I think it’s because you can’t arbitrarily match a mentor and a mentee, a practice sort of like an arranged marriage. No chemistry.
So how does one find a good mentor? Well, you can’t force it. Forcing it will push the other person away.
It’s a bit serendipitous, and maybe, probably, prayer is involved. Anyway, you start hanging out with someone and one day realize that he or she is your mentor.
And, when that happens, you realize you have been given a great gift.