Whenever I interview mentor for business, I like to ask this question:
“How do you think about it, and why do you think so.”
When mentor’s opinion was different from mine, I always wondered why that is so.
When I couldn’t understand about the reason, sometime I followed my opinion (mostly I failed).
“You see tree, but you can’t see forest.” is Japanese old proberb.
The meaning of this is people who see one side of things are restricted by small world, so you sould get things in perspective .
The people like a mentor have a lot of experience, so they have strong tacit knowledge.
To hear the mentor’s opinion and get things widely is important for early success.