Hiring Tutors and Finding Mentors
I don’t know about any of you , but I would love to find a mentor.
Don’t get me wrong, I actually have a couple of mentors. But once you leave school, experienced, knowledgeable, and understanding advice givers are not so easy to come by. Most often, they’re VERY busy and, although mean well, aren’t available to guide someone with a lot of questions.
The problem with that is ... you don’t know what you don’t know. You need someone, ideally a knowledgeable someone you can trust, to tell you.
A tutor is a type of mentor. You have to seek one out that works. It’s not like you get up in the morning and head off to school or else be counted absent or tardy. You’re not being tracked or held accountable for failing to find a tutor. Nope, not even a little bit. No one is forcing you to dig deeper to learn whatever it is you don’t know.
And therein lies the paradox:
Hiring a great tutor and finding awesome mentors requires you to be ENGAGED in solving your own problems. You start by identifying holes in your knowledge. But finding the holes is not enough. To get what it is that lifts you high enough above a subject or issue so you can see it with a bird’s eye view, you gotta grab a shovel and dig to find the right tutor to teach you what you don’t know.
It’s an ongoing process:
- Identify weakness.
- Research possible ways of overcoming it.
- Weigh monetary and time costs of finding the answer on your own, versus getting help.
- Take action.
Then repeat the cycle over and over again with every academic, career, or personal challenge you face. That is how problems find solutions; and, when your problems find solutions ... you find success.