In other words, you don't choose a mentor. They choose you, if you excel.
In my current role one of the younger staff asked me about mentors. How do you find one? What do you do when you have one? Why is everyone talking about 'mentors'?
I have a mentor. She is my professional role model. I aspire to have a career like hers. A gusto for brand thinking and good design, a carefree spirit and an unbreakable work ethic. Always wanting to be good - but good being outstanding.
Truth is, she chose me. She might not even know it.
When I worked with her she saw how hard I worked. I pushed boundaries and rocked the boat. I had my struggles. I wanted to take risks, and I did. In the face of uncertainty she was the encouragement and the kind, but sometimes harsh voice I needed to hear.
Now we occasionally catch up for a glass of wine. We talk about our lives, families, ambitions and inspiration. That time is precious, I think, for both of us.
That is a mentor.