The new age of mentoring

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There are few things that get me more excited than working with young people.

Many of you know that I used to teach martial arts in the San Francisco Bay Area, and co-founded the Community Action Project.

I still get fired up when I think of the beauty and power in those young men and women.

Since I have become a business coach, I have taken a particular interest in working with young entrepreneurs. It might seem that it is extra work and I am the one who is sacrificing my time and energy, but in fact it is just the opposite. I get energy, ideas and advice from those I mentor which is more valuable than the ideas and advice I give them.

My recent talk at TEDxPhoenix was all about the strength and teachings from young leaders (the video should be available in the next month or so).

If you want to learn some specific ways to mentor the next generation, check out my new post “Mentor Youth or Risk Irrelevance” at American Express Open Forum.

And if you are a young person and want to help your mentors learn how to connect with you more effectively, feel free to pass the link to them. 🙂

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12 Responses to “The new age of mentoring”

  1. Katie Smith says:

    Last week I went to the library to check out Martha Beck’s Joy Diet and some books about starting a business. I chose Escape from Cubicle Nation because it had a catchy title in a sea of boring start- up manuals. Today I was happily surprised to find your articles linked to virtually every business blog I visited today. As a 24 year- old entrepreneur, thanks for your support! If you have any advice for the “mentees,” I’ll be reading and spreading the word!

  2. Sara Kmiecik says:

    Great post! I just stumbled onto your blog and I love it!

  3. Fay Pugh says:

    Great post. Inspiration for today’s young entrepreneurs is more important than ever. In this economic climate, it is critical for young people to go after an idea, maintain focus as well as the inspiration that got them started. Starting up in a down economy can be daunting, but when the climate changes and business picks up, there is huge opportunity for success!

  4. Hi Pamela,

    I just recently started reading your blog and this was a great post for me end up on. While working to try and start up my own endeavors there’s nothing that I’ve learned to value more than the people that have offered helping hands, helping words and encouragement. It’s harder to make things happen when you don’t know what you’re doing. And it’s almost scary when mentors and older friends start revealing things that you didn’t even know you didn’t know!

    Keep mentoring us! And if there are mentors that would like to help give more advice and encouragement to younger individuals contact me. I’m sure that future readers of my blog would benefit from shared experiences and advice.

  5. Cubicle says:

    Great post. Inspiration for today’s young entrepreneurs is more important than ever. In this economic climate, it is critical for young people to go after an idea, maintain focus as well as the inspiration that got them started. Starting up in a down economy can be daunting, but when the climate changes and business picks up, there is huge opportunity for success!

  6. what a valuable offering. can’t think of any prudent / reasonable parent who wouldn’t want to know how! excellent – admirable, and thank you for producing such content

  7. Young ones rocking the world a perfect example Mark who is the founder of Facebook.

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  9. Kim Lampe says:

    Your recent podcast, this article and the linked article have my wheels a-turning.

    My daughter is 15 and I desire to prepare her for the future market place and economy. I dont’ feel a traditional college experience will serve her the best, but concerned that I will not find the best alternative. We’ve talked about her starting her own business and establishing a way for her to be mentored by mutliple business owners.

    This also has me thinking about mentoring women business owners who would have an interest in mentoring and eduacating youth in business.

    good stuff!!! good stuff!!!

  10. I’m another young person aspiring to be an entrepreneur.

    And I just saw an article today from the NY Times about how a lot of young folks, in the wake of our unemployment crisis, are now looking toward more entrepreneurial career choices.

    I hope this trend continues to grow – there is enough room for all of us!

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