Mentoring – not just for the old and wise

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It is important, as it has always been, to have someone in your life that has travelled part of the road you are now on. A seasoned veteran in the game you play. Whether you’re climbing the corporate ladder or raising children, being able to get advice from someone who knows the tricks of the trade, can save you a lot of woes.

Equally important, newer members of the arena of mentorship are the “youngins”. This rapid thinking, quick fingered, group of juniors, is a growing breed. When you have the need for answers, to the sea of technological questions that surround, consider these peeps for your first call.

I lean on my nieces and nephews. I could spend countless hours, trying to figure out how to download pictures onto my Facebook page from my digital camera. Yes, it would take me awhile. But alas, I have my social networking, savvy, “youngins”. Five minutes of their time can accomplish most, perceived daunting, tasks. The job gets done at lightning speed and I receive a quick tutorial in the process.

I was sent a text today…”TAU”. I had to ponder it for a while. Finally I decoded the brief script, “Thinking about you!” Shortly after that, I was speaking with one of my nieces. I told her about the text slang, assuming she would get it right away. She didn’t. After revealing the mystery to her, she responded with, “Aunt Caird that’s one of your friends trying to be young. No one uses that short form; LOL maybe, but never TAU.” Apparently my generation not only needs technical support but we also need linguists. It’s a fine line between being current and being a nerd.

I’m proud to say that I am a good student. I’m presently writing my blog; simultaneously texting; responding to emails; speaking with family on Skype and shuffling songs, with a remote that controls my iPod, currently parked in its docking station. Not bad, for someone who used to get up to change the channel, on her parent’s black and white television. Ouch. That’s age revealing.

Younger mentors; if you don’t have one, be prepared to be overrun by the generation below you. They are in line to control our world. Best get on the techno-train of the future, with a “youngin” at the helm; closely supervised by the old and wise of course.

Caird Urquhart is Founder and President of Newroad Coaching, a boutique coaching firm providing one-on-one personal and business coaching services and also author of 30 Ways To Better Days: How to Rally After You’ve Been Dumped. Find Newroad Coaching on their blog and on Twitter and YouTube.

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  1. This points out why mentoring in schools, business and life in general is so critical as a cross-matrix. Enjoyed reading this. Relevant topic which I believe is undervalued in organisations and paid a lot of lip service.

  2. Thank you for your comment Ana. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I’ll have to write more on this subject.