The dictionary definition of a mentor is “an experienced and trusted advisor,” or “leader, tutor or coach.” The definition of a critic sounds similar, “a person who offers reasoned judgment or analysis.” The big difference, of course, is that a mentor looks ahead to help you, while a critic looks backward to tell you what you did wrong.





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Written by DreamIdeaUK
3869 days ago

Great article Martin! And such a rarely covered topic in discussion i feel!

The key for me is all in this phrase (below): This sums it up!

the big difference, of course, is that a mentor looks ahead to help you, while a critic looks backward to tell you what you did wrong.

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Written by minibizweb
3872 days ago

The issue here is not what words advisors choose, but the attitude of the listener - someone who wants to learn and improve, will learn from both angel and devil; and someone who is not ready to listen will take everything as a criticism. Person will hear what they want to hear when they are ready to hear it. I mean to be a mentor and want the best for my clients, but unintended intonation in a voice or unitentionally selected word can be taken for criticism all too easily.



Written by HeatherStone
3876 days ago

Hi Martin,

I think it's great to make a distinction here between two very different kinds of advisors. It reminds me of what Guy Kawasaki says about balancing microscopes and telescopes in "The Art of the Start." I think we need both mentors and critics in our lives but perhaps at the outset.



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