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Mentors, Coaches and Teachers

Steve Blank
Jul 22, 2015 · 5 min read

When the student is ready, the master appears. — Buddhist Proverb

A Question From The Audience

Someone asked, “How do I get you, or someone like you to become my mentor?” It made me pause (actually cringe).

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Teachers

Mentors

At this time in my life, I was the world’s biggest pain in the rear, lessons needed to be communicated by baseball bat, yet each one of these people not only put up with me, but also engaged me in a dialog of continual learning.

What is interesting in hindsight is that although the relationship continued for a long time, neither of us explicitly acknowledged it.

Mentorship vs. Coaching

Like every good student/teacher and mentor/mentee relationship, over time the student became the teacher, and this phase of relationship ends.

How Do I Find A Mentor

If it’s not much, then what you really want/need is a teacher, not a mentor.

But never ask. Offer to give.

Lessons Learned

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