I always like to shop the competition when it comes to my publishing design skills, but as I was about to Google my next opponent, I noticed Google Doodle had a new image on their homepage. For those of you who are common users of Google, you know for the past years they have been putting up various video images that when you click on them they are more in-depth.
This particular day (I don’t think anything special was going on) I noticed the image was of an African-American lady in a futuristic space suit and silhouettes on either side of her. I couldn’t help but click on it to find out who she was.
To my surprise it was the famous science fiction writer Octavia Butler. Ms. Butler, who was born and raised in Pasadena, California was known to be the mother of Afrofuturism. She wrote the books Kindred, Dawn, Parable of the Talents, and Bloodchild, to name a few. These books not only talked about space but it included the controversial issues African-Americans were facing during her era.
She was the first science fiction writer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship. What am I getting at you ask? I just made Ms. Octavia Butler my mentor. Although she passed in 2006 at the age of 53, I decided to use her life and path to becoming a science fiction writer.
Although I was not looking for a mentor that day, I was amazed at how I came across one. They are plenty of other ways to find a mentor, even if you are not looking for one. If you are looking for one, they are esoteric places where one can discover a mentor. Here are a few ways to go about finding them.
Seeking by Dianne Johnston. Found on Google images
Search Your Goal.
If I put in the word writer in my google search, the top search is a Wikipedia definition but upon scrolling further, I found a list of places I can go in order to read or become a writer.
When I went further in-depth and typed sci-fi writer “OH Nelly!” A slewful of sci-fi writers and their pictures appeared. I can easily email them or their publicist or even follow them on instagram or twitter.
They are actual websites which are strictly for motivation. One of them that has quick but impactful messages is Goalcast. You can find a person whose life or words can inspire you to achieve. I found an article on one of my favorite artist (Pitbull). His ideas on how to go about making the right decisions from a business stand point was aww inspiring.
Walking by Sport Knee. Found on Google images
Whether your goal is to be a painter, weight trainer, teacher, or chef, walking outside can open your mind to ideas and other ways to accomplish your goal. Yes, the great outdoors has a way of freeing our minds from the mental clutter that impacts them. The sound of a bird can help you write the voice of your character or the sway of a branch may help you find a way to explain to kids how to flow the pronunciation of a word.
Eating out. Google image by eating low.
While on my quest to find a job as an editor, I attended a seminar for job hunting. The speaker mentioned to the group to go places where the people in your field hangout. Everyone eats. After work on Thursdays was the days my co-workers and I used to go and hit the clubs. We would find a lot of account managers and advertising sales managers at these places (mainly because that was who we worked for). Find the area or place where your mentor would go.
For writers, you may find a mentor eating in an organic restaurant or artistic neighborhood. Doctors would be in the hospital cafeteria or the food places around the hospital.
Wherever you would eat would more than likely be a place where you would find someone like you and they can become your mentor.
Library. Google image of Toronto Library
The Library or Bookstore.
Any goal achiever is in the books seeking information or finding the next largest seminar to attend. If you go to a bookstore, simply walk to the area where you would find information about what you want to achieve and more than likely you would find someone with the same interest there as well.
They are other ways to find a mentor, maybe someone on your job or try striking up a conversation while you are waiting in line to check out. They are plenty of other ways to find a mentor besides the usual of attending a seminar or finding one by goggling “mentor”.
What are some ways you find a mentor even when you are not looking for one?
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