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.