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Uncompromised Life

by Regina Fancy (2020-03-30)

Because Karen's more advanced vision Uncompromised Life Review parallels what I long to produce myself, I'm finally headed in the right direction. I'm not looking to produce exact copies of her work but rather to build on what she teaches me. By starting from mutually held values - a love of detail and colour - I'm gaining the confidence and skills I need to work on my own and still produce the results I want.The same holds true in business and life. Before you choose a mentor to follow, take a good look first at your own values and vision. What do you really want? Define this as clearly as you can but don't get discouraged if it feels a little vague at first. Even knowing what you don't want is a positive step.Begin where you are and don't be afraid to refine your answers as you discover what works and what doesn't. When you've got some idea of what you want, look at the possible mentors in your field. Ask others for recommendations. And be sure to look outside of your field. Remember - I'm learning about business from painting.As you consider your choice for a mentor, are they succeeding in a way that reflects your vision?If they are, then they have something to share that will be of value to you. You aren't looking to become them, simply to learn from them. It's HOW they are working and producing that interests you. Can they help you build a practical foundation of skills that will take you where you want to go?Finally, ask yourself if this person is far enough ahead of you on the road to be a real mentor? Karen Richardson is an accomplished artist and she makes me stretch. Her skill is an ideal to aim for while creating my personal style.