About & why
The defining moment was during a work trip – on a long drive to a meeting.
A colleague thanked me out of the blue for helping her get interested in wealth creation. Specifically making money work for her and planning for the future.
Not only was she now taking advantage of the companies 401K match. She had also set up a Roth IRA, a Vanguard share account and was starting to invest for long term growth.
She said I had been like a mentor on this subject.
I was so happy to hear that news. Not for the thanks (that was great for sure), but for the fact that she was taking positive action on such an important life strategy subject.
On a previous trip, I talked about how I made my money work harder. How important it was, but how so many people neglected this fundamental subject. Usually out of lack of interest, lack of knowledge, lack of time, or fear of the complexity of the subject.
I had touched on understanding investment risk. The risk of inaction as well as market fluctuations and the power of time and strategy.
At the time she had asked a bunch of questions. So later after the trip, I shared some links to books on the subject that I have read over the years.
My colleague had not only been reading about personal finance. She also started to listen to a podcast that built on the basic advice I had shared.
I had not realized I was mentoring her at the time, it made me think.
Over the years, people are going to ask your opinion, and for advice on different topics. That’s happened to me for sure. It never occurred to me (until I started this site) to seek out people to become a mentor to. That’s another reason why it feels accidental.
I guess it’s common this way – you don’t always pick someone to mentor. You can fall into the situation often without even realizing. It’s usually not formal at first with any kind of scheduled structure.
Maybe you’re more of a role model or hold a leadership position.
Either way, integrity and transparency matter. That’s why people seem to pay attention.
My intuition gives me insights into people and situations that I’ve learned to trust. Besides that, I like people and have an inbuilt desire to help rather than manipulate.
That seems to fit well with mentoring.
It may be accidental to me but it’s a happy accident.
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