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The mentor and the pupil

When each of us are remembering our career, our life, when we are looking back where we are coming from and where we are today, we begin to think about the things and the circumstances which made that we had such course.

I remember watching a video of a MBA school professor, talking about chance. He was explaining that the chance is something we can work on it in order to get it. When most of people are thinking that we have chance because born under a lucky star, this professor was explaining that you can bring the chance to you by applying concrete acts.

As always, the most important thing is to define your goals, your objective, and what will you do to reach then. And even if you have no precise ideas about it, but that you are a curious mind, you will probably clarify it soon. By looking to realize an objective, you will be looking for opportunities. And some opportunities could be ..a chance to realize, to reach your goal.

But how concretely could we define these opportunities? It could be a project with characteristics which could bring you new competences, or increase your expertise. Most of us, we probably remember a position or an assignment representing a significant step in our career evolution. But we probably remember also about a colleague or a manager who was a mentor, bringing us know-how and methodology. I remember one or two managers in my life, with whom I learned a lot, who made me progressing on a fast way. Without any collaboration with such people, I would not certainly get the same course than the one I did.

We could summarize the opportunities as follow; to be at the right place at the right time with the right people. But to meet such situations depends on you. You have to take care if the work we are doing will lead us somewhere, to have a long term vision, and to stay with it. As I mentioned in a previous posting, each of your jobs should prepare the next one. An entrepreneur needs to have always a project in advance. Each opportunity could lead you to another one. But opportunities will not only come to you, you have to go to then. In this way, you will convince your future partners by showing our motivation, and you will maximize your chance to gain these opportunities and to reach your goal.

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Written by Eric Saint-Guillain

March 16, 2010 at 22:20

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