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Siri: The Ultimate Mentor
The year is 2017. Imagine that you and your family are heading northwest to a rustic little lake house you discovered on Airbnb. This road trip will cover 650 miles of countryside that you have never before seen.
How will you get your directions?
Will you bust out your Rand McNally Road Atlas and use a highlighter to connect the dots from your home to the lake house?
Will you call ahead and ask the owner of the lake house for directions?
Of course not!
Don’t be silly. This is 2017.
In today’s world, you would just type the address into your smartphone. In a matter of seconds, Siri will provide three different routes to your destination.
But what happens if a tractor-trailer has crashed on the side of the road causing a 20-mile backup? Surely then you will need to break out that road atlas, right?
Haha…don’t be crazy!
Siri will provide an alternate route. She’s cool like that.
If you think about it, Siri is the ultimate mentor. When you need help, you look to Siri for guidance, just like a mentor. And like a good mentor, Siri can help you get from point a to point b much faster than you would get on your own.
What is a mentor?
A mentor is someone who provides guidance. A mentor is someone who has experience. A mentor is someone who has been where you want to go and will help you get there. Just like Siri!
Having a mentor can be instrumental to your career. Mentors are important to the emerging professional as well as architects at any level. I believe that there are many different types of mentors, and just like your stock portfolio, you should diversify. I have found tremendous value from these 3 types of mentors:
3 Types of Mentors
A traditional mentor/mentee relation that involves direct communication on a consistent schedule.
Someone that provides periodic guidance but is not necessarily a formal mentor. Think of your colleagues who provide small amounts of guidance on a daily basis.
These are the influencers that provide useful content to millions of people through books, blogs, TEDtalks, podcasts, television, radio and other useful media. You may never meet these people but you’d be a fool not to seek their guidance.
In the following sections, I will share the importance of the three mentor types and provide tips for getting started.
Flip the page to: 6 Steps for Starting a Direct Mentorship