Do you need an anti-mentor?

August 4th, 2015

Train Wreck


CRANIUM Point: Novelty not boring routine
Do the unexpected. Seek and reward innovation. Celebrate veering from conventional methods.

Everyone needs a mentor so if you don’t have a mentor get one ASAP.  You also need an anti-mentor.  This will be someone you DON’T want to be like personally or professionally.  Here are some qualities you may want to look for:

  • Always late
  • Makes excuses
  • Doesn’t take responsibility
  • Out of shape
  • Dishonest
  • Eats a lot of fast food

You get bonus points if they smoke or have a criminal history.  Yes it’s funny but I’m also serious.  The brain learns with contrast.  It’s not a good idea to focus on all of the possible anti-mentors around you, but having just one might be a nice boost.

P.S. You probably don’t want to tell your anti-mentor that you’ve chosen them.

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