The greatest advantage of age and experience is wisdom. However brilliant a young professional may be, she lacks the experience to process failure stoically. This is where mentors come in. Sarah Robb O’Hagan emphasizes that finding a good mentor (and sometimes more than one) is absolutely crucial to success. A mentor has the power to keep you focused on the long game. And to keep you from freaking out counterproductively whenever things go awry.
(gentle music) … - I think mentorship is absolutely critical … because no matter what, … when you are younger in years, … you just don't have the same life experience … to not worry about things in the same way. … So what I mean by that is, … I look at myself now, I'm 45. … So I've been through enough, if it fails, … and enough, corporate situations where you're on the track, … and then things go wrong, … to take it all with a bit more of a calm grain of salt … because I'm like, "I've been here before. … "I've been fired before. … "It'll be okay." … And therefore, those experiences to share … with a young person … who's not been through that, … to help remind them when they go through it, … "It's okay, this is normal." … And I do think for younger people today, … finding mentors who are literally in the moment with you, … seeing you do what you do. … I actually don't think mentors … that are in a different industry, or whatever, … can be so helpful … 'cause they're not seeing you in the moment. …
This course includes videos from:
Edward Norton, Oscar-winning actor and founder of CrowdRise
Kathryn Minshew, founder and CEO of The Muse, a career-discovery platform
Adam Grant, Wharton professor and expert in motivation and behavior
Sarah Robb O'Hagan, executive, activist, entrepreneur, and the CEO of Flywheel Sports
Simon O. Sinek, author of Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
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