"I never had a mentor. Maybe you haven't, either. Sure, I've had helpful colleagues or bosses who were willing to take a chance on me. But the dream of the mentor—an older, wiser version of you, hunting down opportunities on your behalf and ensuring you don't repeat the same mistakes—never materialized. In fact, I realized it probably never would. Waiting for a mentor to appear like a deus ex machina is a loser's game. Some people luck out, but most don't. This manifesto is about how to make your own luck—how to proactively identify the people you want in your life as mentors, cultivate real relationships, and look beyond the obvious. (Some of the most powerful lessons come from the least likely people.)"