Today I spent some time with a young business woman that I have been mentoring for about 12 months. It’s relatively informal, she had started a new business about 18 months ago. When she reached out, I was happy to help in whatever way I could.
Our discussions are not structured in terms of an agenda or a formal plan. As we discuss her concerns I simply share my knowledge, accumulated over almost 40 years of working in business. As we talked about goals it struck me that regardless of age or expertise, some themes are consistent. Comparing ourselves to others; for me it was colleagues for her it’s her contemporaries on Instagram. Imposter Syndrome reared its ugly head without prompting, closely followed by our perceptions of others.
I certainly do not have all the answers for her, but I hope that by being brutally honest about my experiences; good, bad and indifferent that I can provide her with insight that will make her journey smoother.
Honestly, much of what we discuss falls into the category of “do as I say, not as I did.” It reminds me of one of the many books I found when I was unpacking. Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart”.