Why The Best Mentors Think Like Michelangelo And How To Find Them

Success is never achieved alone. In this special episode, learn where to find mentors, the secrets to crafting impactful outreach emails, and how to cultivate a healthy relationship with them. Even today’s most influential business leaders like Sheryl Sandberg has credited her early career success to her mentor. We’ll also analyze a recent Harvard Business Review article sharing that the best mentors think like Michelangelo. HBR added that these mentors supported their mentees through two types of affirmations: perceptual and behavioral. At the end, I will reveal this week’s #BeInfinity challenge with you.

Why Mentorship Is Important

  • It’s the #1 most asked questions that I get on LinkedIn and email inbox!
  • Great mentors open doors for you, internally, promotions and projects, externally, connections and investments
  • Even Sheryl Sandberg had a mentor who she met at Harvard
  • Sheryl’s mentor was Larry Summers, who later appointed her as a chief of staff when he became the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury in 2001

HBR: Best Mentors Think Like Michelangelo

  • A great mentors can spot their mentee’s potential before they can see it for themselves
  • The role of that mentor is to then provide the support system and affirmation to help their mentee reach and activate that potential
  • Two kinds of affirmations: perceptual and behavioral

Outreach Strategies

  • For young people, the two best places to find mentors are at the workplace and school
  • Once you’re comfortable, start reaching out to people who inspire you through online platforms
  • Outreach email should include three core things to increase the likelihood of getting a response
  • Quality follow-ups is key to maintaining a healthy relationship with your mentor


  • By the end of today, think and jot down the name of 1-3 people you’ve been wanting to reach out to
  • By the end of this week, reach out to these people using our three-step outreach approach
  • By the end of this month, set up and go to at least one coffee or phone chat
  • Keep me updated about your challenge by sending me a message here

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Host and founder of Zero to Infinity.