Mentorship can occur anywhere. It can be in your ...
You can think of it as an onion, peeling back different layers:
self > team > department > organization > industry
it can take place in physical locations
can happen online/remotely
You're the one taking the first step and initiative. Sometimes, people want to reach out, but feel uncomfortable/shy. Or they don't want to inconvenience. Similarly, they may not know who is willing to share.
Taking the initiative, you can mentor at:
More details coming soon.
You can be a like a lighthouse, signaling to others, "Hi, I'm here, feel free to reach out!"
posting a welcoming message (with what type of info to ask), on your
social media, Twitter pinned tweet/bio
For those with large followings, there are ways to manage with filters, email aliases, and more. More details to come.
See Mentorship Programs for more details
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We have families, friends, hobbies, and other responsibilities. How do you fit mentorship in too?
It doesn’t have to be time consuming.
It can be an hour a month
10 minutes over a span of many months
Be mindful of when you can help, and then do it. Stay flexible and adaptable as your schedule changes.
I enjoy business, product, data, psychology, tech and people. Awhile back, I reached out to an alumnus for career advice. He’s a busy individual, a co founder of a SaaS company. He replied with a lengthy email. There were follow-up questions, his opinions, and assumptions, and insights from his experience.
We never had a phone call. Or met in person. But that email exchange had an impact.
Time is not equal. I estimate that it took him about an hour to write that email. But at the same time, it easily saved me a few weeks worth of mine.
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