By Dorie Clark Published May 15, 2013 12:00 p.m.
“I never had a mentor. Maybe you haven't, either. Sure, I've had helpful colleagues or bosses who were willing to take a chance on me. But the dream of the mentor—an older, wiser version of you, hunting down opportunities on your behalf and ensuring you don't repeat the same mistakes—never materialized. In fact, I realized it probably never would.
Waiting for a mentor to appear like a deus ex machina is a loser's game. Some people luck out, but most don't. This manifesto is about how to make your own luck—how to proactively identify the people you want in your life as mentors, cultivate real relationships, and look beyond the obvious. (Some of the most powerful lessons come from the least likely people.)”
About Dorie Clark | Dorie Clark is a marketing strategy consultant and frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review and Forbes. Clark consults and speaks for a diverse range of clients, including Google, the World Bank, the Ford Foundation, Yale University, the Mount Sinai Medical Center, and the National Park Service. Clark, a former presidential campaign spokeswoman, is an adjunct professor of business administration at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She frequently appears in worldwide media including NPR, the BBC, and MSNBC. Follow her on Twitter @dorieclark.www.dorieclark.com