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When Steve Jobs said “What you build should change the world”, he wasn’t just giving a motivational speech. These words were a direct statement to his mentee, Mark Zuckerberg whose Facebook indeed changed the world and the way we live. These two innovators developed a relationship when Facebook was still in its infancy, Mark found the need for experienced-based insight and advice to ensure Facebook’s insatiable hunger for growth is nurtured. Zuckerberg talking about the nature of his relationship with Jobs said that the bond they shared went deeper than breaking bread with the then President of the United States, Barack Obama. “I was moved Jobs respected me for not selling out. I know that’s one of the ways in which we saw eye to eye on the kind of what we were trying to do in the world. He gave me advice on developing a management team that was “focused on building as high quality and good things as you are,” Zuckerberg said.
The story of these great minds shows greatly the importance of mentorship, but much more how worthy it is to have someone you can always be accountable to. Mark’s tribute -Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you- after Jobs’s death shows the kind of space he’s leaving behind in his heart. He developed an accountability mentality in his relationship with Jobs so much that he was able to share his work progress and the overly elusive steps which Jobs breaks down for his thanks to his experience. This is not enslaving your intelligence, instead, putting yourself under tutelage for fewer errors and more productivity. For once, be accountable too!
There’s a saying, “if you want a shortcut to success, get yourself a mentor.” While that’s true, I’ll add this “And if you want to be fulfilled, create a model of accountability with that mentor because that’s what shapes you to be you.” You should understand that to be accountable doesn’t just mean being subjected to giving an account or having the obligation to report, explain or justify something but to be trained and refined by it. You basically can’t separate mentorship from accountability.
Great world individuals today had mentors; Bill Gates was mentored by the investor mastermind, Warren Buffet, Dangote was mentored by his grandfather, Dantata who was a successful businessman in his time. Barbara Walters mentored Oprah Winfrey. Also, one of the most influential people in American civil rights history, Dr. Martin Luther King, was mentored by another American civil rights icon – Benjamin E. Mays. These and many more highlights the importance of being trained, influenced, accountable and impacted.
One great advantage of having and being accountable to a mentor is that while you are at the point of friction, staggering or about to fall, they make you stand on their shoulder while they help and teach you how to clear the path. However, mentorships come in all shapes and sizes, and great mentorships are not premised on the fact that the mentors need to be rich, famous, or even fulfilled yet. You just need to identify a thriving individual and together you could even do more.
These are practical steps to take towards getting a mentor and aiding your accountability.
- Identify someone thriving in his or her field.
- Read about them including their principles and approach to whatever appeals to you.
- Listen to them speak, pay attention to their views on sensitive societal issues.
- Sometimes, mentors start off being a role model. But not all role models can mentor you.
- Be open to criticism, keep them abreast of your major steps and understand your method of communication.
- Watch how you bend to realities and how resistant your skin is to the storm before you.