When someone climbs Mt. Everest, we think of it as a solo achievement, we don’t realize that the climber had help along the way. Before he could even fathom summiting the mountain, someone inspired him to try, taught him to believe in himself, and ultimately mentored him through the ups and downs. Mentorship is not a word I hear very often. Seeking mentorship is even rarer. I’ve been guilty of this too. I’m very bad at asking for advice, and looking for people with more experience.
That’s why this conversation with Kurt Fick surprised me. Here was someone who from a very early age reached out to others who knew more than him, others who had experienced what he hoped to experience. In fact, I think that his reliance on finding and learning from his mentors sped up his process of getting to where he wants to be. Doing anything whether it be photography, filmmaking, or even singing is really really difficult. The ins and outs of each discipline could take years and years to master. The hack to speeding up that process, although it might not feel like a shortcut, is finding mentors.
Kurt Fick’s willingness to be humbled by people who know more than him helped his skill set, shaped how he lives his life, and impacted his professional relationships in ways even he cannot imagine. His musical success (Hahahahasula has 7.6 million views as of this writing), his skill with a camera, and his ability to share his stories through music, photography, and film all blossomed through mentorships by people who have been there before him.
In this episode, we talked about how he started, the origins of the song Hahahahasula, what it feels like to have a legit hit song, and the importance of mentors.
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Music is Piano March by Audionautix.