5 Minutes with Steve: Lessons from a Virtual Mentor
Tuesday, August 29th, 2023 in: Advice
You’ve probably heard the term “If I could just have 5 minutes with…”. Well, inspired by Napoleon Hill’s concept from “Think and Grow Rich”, I did just that. No, I didn’t time travel. Instead, I dived deep into the realm of the virtual mentorship.
Here’s how it went down:
I settled down, took a deep breath, and imagined myself face-to-face with the legendary Steve Jobs. I asked him to share his wisdom with me for just five minutes, and boy, did he deliver!
Here are the three profound insights I gleaned from this brief, imaginative encounter:
- Simplicity is Everything: Steve emphasized the power of simplicity in design, thought, and life. As he’s famously quoted, “That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity.” In our increasingly complex world, honing in on what truly matters and simplifying our approach can be a game-changer.
- Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish: This wasn’t just a line from a speech; it’s a philosophy. Steve urged me to continuously learn and challenge the status quo. Complacency, in his eyes, is a creativity killer.
- Connect the Dots: Steve mentioned that we can’t predict our futures, but looking back, it’s clear how experiences connect and shape us. This was a nudge to trust the journey and recognize the value in every experience.
And just as those five minutes were up, I snapped back to reality, feeling inspired and rejuvenated.
Now, it’s your turn. Who’s your ideal mentor? Is it Nelson Mandela, Oprah Winfrey, Einstein, or someone else entirely? Remember, you don’t actually need to meet someone to learn from them. Dive deep into their teachings, interviews, and writings. Let your imagination wander. It’s incredible how you can internalize the philosophies and thought processes of people you’ve never met, as long as you’re familiar with their work and ideas.
So, who’s it going to be? Drop a comment below and share your 5-minute mentor session. Let’s inspire each other with the lessons we learn!
I have also included my notes from the ‘session’!