One of the benefits of having successful mentors (even if they don’t consider themselves mentors) is that they push you. Push you to be better. Then push you to be better than that.
And then, you’re just getting started.
I think this kind of influence is necessary for some people. I know people with intense work ethics. People who are relentless self-starters who need to no external influence to work hard and set goals and make successive approximations towards their goals in life.
Others need a push.
Something that unlocks their potential. A tipping point that helps them see plainly the void between where they are and where they could (should) be. This push can become a crutch for some people but for others, it’s all they need to make moves.
To my mentor(s), thank you.