Mentors Don’t Look Like Mentors

We often have a low opinion of our mentors when we first meet them. We might not recognize them as mentors or experts at first. Luke Skywalker just wanted Yoda to leave him alone at first. Elizabeth Gilbert was initially irritated by “Richard from Texas,” a wise friend she describes meeting in Eat Pray Love. Dan Millman, the author of The Way of the Peaceful Warrior and other amazing books, thought Socrates, his spiritual guide and unexpected athletic trainer, was nothing but a night shift gas station worker when they first met. This occurrence has been described by so many cultures throughout history that it’s part of Joseph Campbell’s description of the hero’s journey. The takeaway for me is to not judge people by appearances, but instead keep my eyes, ears, and mind open to meeting true masters at any time in any place.