Why we need mentors
We are adaptive learners. Most animals are born with many of the skills they will need throughout life and only have to hone them over a few months or years through practice, play, modelling and experience.
Humans however are very different and our learning process has in many ways allowed to us to be so effective. We learn mainly through a process most commonly referred to as mentoring. Whereby we model the traits of those we aspire to be like and over time develop those specific skills to a proficient and applicable level.