The Jeanie-Mentoring Experience

There is nothing like a few wrinkles, emerging gray hairs and notches in your been-around-the-block-a-few-times belt to make people believe you’d be a good mentor.

I have younger women ask me to mentor them and I am like, “Heck, yeah!  I’ll mentor you.  I would be honored to get credit for how amazing you are.”  Because really?  Wow-I know the smartest, most gorgeous, most amazingly talented women on the face of the earth (which include my 5 daughters, btw).  I feel lucky to be seen with any of them.  :)

I’ve always known that really, I am getting the better end of the deal.  My cool factor rises just because of the people I hang around.  Plus the things I learn, the inspiration – all a win for me.

I don’t watch this show so I had to look up his character’s name, but I flipped on the TV last night to an episiode of 30 Rock, where Alex Baldwin’s character had a short but hilarious spurt on his mentoring theory.

“The Donaghy-mentor experience is immersive.

I don’t choose my mentees lightly.  They have to have the drive and ambition to be worth my time; the intelligence to understand the challenges they are going to face; the humility to accept my help; and finally – a life that is a bottomless swamp of chaos.  Drive – Intelligence – Humility – and Chaos!”

I think I will be using this to write my own mentor-mentee experience soon.  And print flyers.  And people will line up by the truckloads.


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