Finding a Mentor
The idea of a finding a mentor is something that's been rattling around my brain for the last couple of days.
I think we're fed this image of a mentor as your personal Obi-wan Kenobi - a professional parent-type figure, who's going to take you under their wing.
It's not necessarily true. You can have more than one mentor at a time, and approach them for different things.
More importantly, a mentor's age doesn't strictly matter, it's their experience that does. Although there is obviously a direct relationship between experience and age.
I suppose it's about where you've got allotted your 10,000 hours.
I get feedback on my D&D campaigns from a 14-year old DM who's been running games for thrice as long as I have.
I've also reached out to Jude Gonsalves with questions about UX at least once a week in the new year.
Not sure of how to start that conversation, or approach the person you want to learn from?
One message that I've found works is:
"Hey XYZ, if you've got some time today/tomorrow/next week, I'd love to pick your brain about <thing you want to learn>"