a lot of what mentors do is to teach us what excellence looks like, day by day. As Alfred North Whitehead wrote, “Moral education is impossible without the habitual vision of greatness.” Or, as Sir Richard Livingstone put it, “The most indispensable viaticum for the journey of life is a store of adequate ideals, and these are acquired in a very simple way, by #living with the best things in the world—the best pictures, the best buildings, the best social or political orders, the best human beings. The way to acquire a good taste in anything, from pictures to #architecture , from #literature to #character , from wine to cigars, is always the same—be familiar with the best specimens of each.” Mentors also teach how to deal with error. As you get more #experienced , you get a lot better at recognizing your mistakes and understanding, through experience, how to fix them. #Mentors give us a sense for how to do the second and fourth and tenth drafts, and, in the process, they give us the #freedom to not fear our failures, but to proceed with a confidence that #invites them, knowing they can be #rectified later on. One of the things good writing mentors do, for example, is to teach you not to be afraid to write badly. Get the first draft out even if it’s awful. Your #ego is not at stake. – "The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life" by David Brooks.
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