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Of Mentor and Mentee

As mentor and coach, I have been privileged to talk to a good number of young people. Young men and women experiencing life at different levels and stages; new in employment, young entrepreneurs, those caught up in the crisis of career choice, the jobless, etcetera.

It’s always interesting picking their minds. I absolutely enjoy the sessions; you can’t interact with these young aggressive minds and possibly fail to learn something new. In fact my perspective about the so called millennials drastically shifted ever since I launched my career in mentorship and coaching.

I must say that gross generalization has led to an unfair labeling of the millennials. In fact, some folks of the older generation in society prefer to watch this young people from a ‘safe distance.’ They consider them complex beings, difficult to manage and a clueless lot. Granted, they’re growing up in a different world. A lot has evolved since our time. For instance, today technology can take you around the globe with a single click of a button. Computers have penetrated our homes in a manner never imagined; they are small, light, and portable. I’m talking about your smartphone.

Of course this tech revolution has brought its own share of good and bad. But that’s a conversation for another day.

Back to mentorship.

My style of mentorship is based on a one to one approach. It has proven to be very effective. It’s obvious that Individuals are different in all respects; therefore the best bet for yielding desired results is always personalized mentorship.

Most of the young people I mentor are in the category of young entrepreneurs. I’m always amazed by the huge deposits of unexploited potential that resides within these young men and women. Mine is to groom them by helping them unravel the diamonds in their backyards.

But today I’ll share general mentorship tips applicable to mentors across board. We will get to specifics in my subsequent posts. They are as follows;

 

Teach Process, Not Product

This is important and should be amplified and emphasized through and through. And this is why. Today the society has glorified rich individuals with very questionable backgrounds. It’s hard to tell how these men and women made their money. But if you dig deeper into their ‘success’ stories, you’ll pick gross inconsistencies in their journey to riches. The end product in this case is the money, but what about the process? Sadly, the society is continually ignoring process and hyping product. These young people need to be treated to a step by step process of achieving success in life. Of course the process is ugly; it has a series of failures written all over it, it has moments of giving up, it has loss. But it must be told that way.

Live Your Words Through Actions

This simply means, preaching water and drinking it. Mentor-mentee relationship in whichever aspect of life ought to have its basis anchored on the principle of learning by observation. For you parents I’m sure you understand this well. Your child will do what you do, not what you say. It’s unfortunate that a fair majority of those in the older generation have failed to live up to this principle. “These children of nowadays” is a popular expression of lament used by the older folks to castigate millennials. But that begs the question; who is raising this children if not the older generation itself?

Be Your Real Self

It’ll be outrageous to think that mentors are flawless human beings. Even though you will meet some who act so. Genuine mentors are not actors; they don’t get in and out of character. As such, mentors should allow themselves to be vulnerable with their mentees. Some may contest this, but I believe this can be done with wisdom. You are human, you’ll get angry, and you’ll make mistakes. Allow the mentee to learn from both your stars and scars.

All the best!

About Sarah Karingi

Sarah Karingi, the Queen of Business Networking, is an expert in Business Networking, and an award-winning topmost BNI networker in East Africa.

2 comments

  1. The truth(s) contained in this particular blog post are nothing but amazing.
    Speaking as an ambitious young person, I can attest to the misconception that our generation faces. We have our flaws and all but as you pointed out generalization simply is a wrong approach. We are largely zealous and driven go-getters. Each one of us is a uniquely differentiated human being with vast resources within that lie dormant for a large percentage. It’s therefore really encouraging and commendable to see you strive to help others bring out the best in them. Personally am on that journey of self actualization and realization of the unlimitless potential stored within. Being closely acquainted with you endears me even more, and the fact that you go out of your own way to personally mentor young people is quite congratulatory.
    We need more of your kindred – business and financial leaders to spur our nation economwithin; Successful business giants who take time to mentor others.
    Am amazed at how much effort you put in enriching your knowledge base and understanding current local and global trends; a case in point would be your knowledge of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. Your effort isn’t lost on those like me who seek mentors and icons to look upto. We highly celebrate you and wish you the very best in all your endeavors.
    In conclusion let me reiterate that you inspire alot of people, and you provide a rare and valuable platform to aspire to. May you grow and expand your space and may the world hugely benefit by your existence.
    Looking up to you, as I, we strive to follow in your footsteps and create business empires that impact the world positively and at the same time working on building human capacities
    Blessings your way, Queen.

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