I've never had a specific mentor for my writing, or my businesses. I've always learned from other people sort of piecemeal and taken the best from everybody around me.

But there was never anything formal, or a single mentor I can point back to that helped me become the writer I am today.
So I can't speak toward what it took for me to find a mentor. However, now that I'm at a certain place I can certainly speak to what it takes to interest me in becoming a mentor.

1 - Knowledge of what I do and synergy that you want to do the same thing. I'm only interested in mentoring people that want to follow somewhat of the same path that I followed. So people that want to be artists are not going to get a lot from me. Even people that are artist/writers are probably barking up the wrong tree.

2 - Hustle and passion. You can be passionate without being a hard worker. You can really love something and never do anything to further your understanding of it. It's very hard to have hustle and not passion. I want to mentor somebody that has both.

3 - Talent and growth potential. I want to see somebody that has a little bit of talent, sure, but mostly I look for people that have growth potential. Talent is a dime a dozen, but somebody that I can mold into something better is more important.

4 - A body of work. It doesn't have to be a great body of work, but they have to have done something with their lives. They need to have written some scripts, done some comic books, or written some novels. There has to be something there, otherwise it's a waste of time.

5 - Humility and the ability to change. I don't want to fight with you. I don't want every conversation to be a bare knuckle brawl. I'm not saying you should listen to everything I say, but you should take everything I saw into consideration as if you don't know everything.

6 - Likeability and respect. It's different for everybody, but I have to like you and you need to respect me. You need to come at me as a friend and not a student. You need to build trust and then a relationship can grow.

That last one is the hardest one for me. I always rant and rave about how things are and about not changing. However, after I think about it for a while, I usually understand that the person I've been fighting against is right and work to change.
That's pretty much all I look for. It's not a tall order, but you would be surprised how many people fail at one or more of those points.


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