Hm, having a mentor or a teacher isn't such a bad thing, and it doesn't necessarily mean that it will spoon feed you or lead you to the wrong direction.
However, you must be aware of some things :
- Indeed, a good mentor or a teacher will not spoon feed you at all. What they can do for you is to help you out with your path for a little, sharing their personal experiences with you and the wisdom they've earned all these years, and of course that they will help you to see the best and safest directions for you.
- Not everyone you meet is the best person to learn from. Remember that not everything is like what it seems. People might have bad intentions, so be careful with who you choose to guide you.
While experienced and good mentors may be a very good thing to have, you must remember that you're the one who experiences that amazing path of the craft. You build it, use it, and choose it. It's your own path and journey, meaning you're the one who shall walk in it and learn from it. :)