Monday, 28 February 2011

Lessons I’ve Learnt 12 – Mentor, Role Model or Muse?

There comes a time when we all need a little help,a new direction or fresh inspiration. Creative types are no different however I often think we are inclined to get our ‘help sources’ confused.

We use terms like Mentor, Role Model and Muse interchangeably when in fact they are different. One is not better than the other, they simply offer solutions to different problems. Would you go to the dentist when your eyes are blurry?

There are many variations on  this Buddhist Proverb “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear”. It is a nice quote but rarely does the teacher magically appear in front of you. More often than not you need to do a little bit of searching.

Before you seek help, assistance or guidance you need to have identified (searched for) what exactly your problem or issue is. Has your creative streak left you? Are you suffering writer’s block? Do you need help identifying the next step to take to achieve your business goals? Whatever your need there is somebody, somewhere who can guide and challenge you to a creative ‘light bulb moment’.

Over the next couple of weeks I will explore and share some of the Lessons I’ve Learnt about Mentors, Role Models and Muses.

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