A "mentor" is someone who takes a personal interest in my success, and is willing to faithfully invest at least a small amount of time to meet regularly. Someone whose counsel I can trust, and in whom I can confide. Someone who will inspire me to think bigger and be greater. Someone who will be honest with me. And I am the richer for it. I don`t think we are islands, I`m very thankful for the mentors I`ve had in my life.
I have found a couple of great resources for this - one is my business networking group. A professional networking group - if the group has strong leadership, a vision that is reasonable and compelling, and consistent commitment / accountability from its members to the vision - this kind of group is not easy to find. But once I found the right group, I`ve developed relationships with more than one leader with the kind of character (integrity, passion, vision, and prudence) that I want to see in myself and the people I surround myself with.
John Maxwell`s books, including the 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork, are excellent resources. Check out www.INJOY.com