Of the four or five people in this world that I consider "professional mentors" (and you should all have one, even you stay-at-home domestic types), three of them have NEW (different - they are far from waiting for their business cards to come in) jobs and one of them corrected me on the name of their employer (Elliott School of Communication (no S at the end - theory vs. application)). The fifth one is still doing the same old thing but - dude's owned his own company for 17 years - I'll not exactly sniff, in that self-satisfied way, at that.
It is great to catch up, get some face/voice time, hear what everyone's been up to and - perhaps most importantly (my ego being what it is) what they think I've been up to. I don't mean to imply I asked them what I had for lunch yesterday or what the status of my Netflix Instant Queue is. I, instead, updated them on my professional pursuits and asked them for advice on how I can continue to grow and advice. Some OUT OF CONTEXT advice/feedback/thoughts include:
- "Dude. I have no idea what ANY of that means."
- "Do you ever NOT speak in industry garble?"
- "You're still a bit of an 'acquired taste,' I might presume."
- "BIG personalities in the world are two types - those that alienate, those that blend."
- "There is nothing you've set out to accomplish that you have not. Can't imagine that would stop now."
- "Hmmm. Repeat that exactly - but use different words."
- "You jerk. You said you wanted to talk about football. I would not have called you back to talk about you."
- "You might consider adjunct teaching. I think you'd be great at it."
- "Just be yourself and be honest about who you are and you'll not put yourself in a spot where you can not succeed."