I recently had an email from a chap who was asking for my help as a mentor. This is a guy whom I’ve never bet, but from reading some of the stuff he pens, is full of fantastic ideas that haven’t yet seen the light of day.
My understanding is that this chap is wandering around a little, trying to find his niche in life, all the while formulating ideas and beliefs ranging from philosophy to politics to human potential fulfilment.
This is the sort of guy who may well go on to find a cure for cancer, head the UN (I hope not) or come up with a solution to world poverty. My question is why are these people left to wander aimlessly until they find their calling.
Now some would say the voyage of discovery is an important journey for someone to make – in the same way that an artist need to feel pain and anguish to capture true art (or to bring it out in his/her work). But me I say that it’s a failing of our society in general and out education system in particular when people like this are left to float.
The recent announcement in New Zealand that young adults will have to stay in education until their 18th birthday begs some questions. We need to create more and more opportunities where the leaders of tomorrow can find themselves and excel – and often this is outside of the traditional education system.
So it all comes down to mentorship -finding suitable people who will listen, guide and connect these nuggets of potential. Perhaps those in the business world should pledge a similar system as lawyers do with pro bono work – donating a percentage of their time to helping other fulfil their own dreams.