Interview: Finding A Mentor



The benefits of finding a mentor to help guide your path

Mentorship is defined by Merriam Webster: the influence, guidance, or direction given by a mentor. In this episode, I am talking with Sam Thiara, a professional speaker, writer, professor, and mentor to thousands of people. We discuss first and foremost what is a mentor, the best way to find a mentor, and what to expect in a mentorship relationship. Have you hit a roadblock in your artistic journey, a mentor may just be the ticket to revitalize your creativity and freshen up your practice.

Hello friend, this is Timothy Kimo Brien head instigator of Create Art Podcast where we help you tame your inner critic and create more than you consume. I do this through commentary, conversations, projects, and interviews, and for 2021 I am doing webstreams for those who would like to watch versus just listening.

Mentorship Topics Discussed

  • What is mentorship
  • Mentorship vs coaching
  • Best ways to find a mentor
  • How to approach a mentor
  • Reasonable expectations in a mentor relationship
  • Benefits of a mentor for the amateur and professional artist
  • Ending and continuing the mentorship relationship
  • What does Sam mean when he says “Everyone’s life is an autobiography, make yours worth reading”.

Links to articles mentioned

  • Sam Thiara’s Website
  • Lost And Found Book This moving memoir by speaker, educator, and entrepreneur Sam Thiara documents his seemingly impossible quest to find his grandfather’s village—armed with little more than a faded photograph.

Sam Thiara Bio

Sam Thiara

Sam Thiara is a professional who has created a personal journey as a storyteller, writer, workshop facilitator, problem solver, educator, and entrepreneur. His goal is to engage individuals in their personal and professional development and was recognized by the Governor-General of Canada with the Canadian Sovereign’s Volunteer Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. His work is reflected in the hundreds of individuals he has mentored and the thousands he has engaged. Added to this are the 45+ non-profits that he has worked with over the years.

Presently, Sam is the Founder and Chief Motivating Officer at Ignite the Dream Coaching and Consulting, a platform that engages his audience to define their path.  This could be for individuals seeking to better understand and appreciate who they are, to schools needing someone to creatively build programs that engage students and companies looking for a more engaged workforce and creating a more transformational business. 

He appreciates education and is a lecturer at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University where he blends academic and professional experiences into a rich environment that captivates his audience.  He co-founded a non-profit that supported school career centers and thousands of students who needed career support.  Sam’s purpose is to help people uncover their true path. 

Finally, he is an accomplished and sought-after speaker and has two TEDx talks to his name, and speaks at conferences, seminars, and workshops about 30-35 times a year.  Added to his speaking is the book he recently wrote about his journey to India to find his ancestral roots with little else than a photograph and determination.  The book is called, ‘Lost and Found: Seeking the Past and Finding Myself’.

Sam’s signature tagline is, “Everyone’s life is an autobiography, make yours worth reading.” 

Reaching Out

To reach out to me, email timothy@createartpodcast.com I would love to hear about your journey and what you are working on. If you would like to be on the show or have me discuss a topic that is giving you trouble write in and lets start that conversation.

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