Mentoring generates huge profits

One of the highlights of my past year has been mentoring a second-year journalism student from Mount Royal University. There is pure joy in experiencing the thrill of a very publication, even if the writer never received payment for it. Such is the typical path of most new writers.

This article just happens to see me as the subject, but the pride for the writer surpasses my own pride at being featured for the second time in the Calgary Journal; the first time following the release of my first novel in 2007.

As Monique LaBossiere quotes my words, ” …to be really fulfilled as a writer, I’ll have to write that thriller.”

 

 

Strategy …the name of the game

……any game, really.

I’m a huge futball fan, of most varieties: English Premiere, Scottish League, Euro, Calgary Women’s …..

No matter the game, soccer, football, hockey or corporate politics ….strategy is the underpinnings to the Big Win. I sat with a client today, who decided at a late stage in career (inside an extremely competitive timing of both job and economic market) to completely alter his entry back into the job market. He’d already convinced himself, so I was an easy sell: an engineer cum sales profiteer!

What does it take to re-enter into a space that no one in your knowing circles would attach to your past abilities, or (worse yet) align to your new ones? The answer is Strategy. And why the heck not?

We tell our kids they can be anything. Do anything. We remind them they are only limited by their inability to believe in themselves. Okay. So now what?

All I can attest to this notion of somewhat (seeming) impossibility is ….why the heck not? If you can pull from your past the proof of your ability to fly, then display the feathers and be ready to make them flap. If you claim to hold the secret to the best tasting salsa, then build on that dream and your ability to make palates dance. But before you lay the claim or show your glory, do yourself a flavour and take the care to strategize your moment:

plan your unveiling

build up the anticipation

take measures to mitigate the risks

be prepare to answer the awkward questions

surround yourself with safe catches

underscore your desire

….then jump in!