The Mentor’s Dilemma

Being a master at does not entitle you to master over

Sharing what has worked for you? (free public domain: clipart-people.com)

One day you might have to show a child how to ride a bicycle. Beware, it’s not that easy.

When you ride a bike, you have no conscious awareness of your skill in balancing-pedaling-steering-breaking and your conscious mind is free to focus on other things. However, when asked to explain how you do it, you must make your unconscious skill conscious. Now you must figure out how much of what you know will be relevant or helpful to someone else.

Welcome to the mentor’s dilemma.

Being masterful at something does not mean that you know how to teach what it takes to become masterful. It means that you have mastered all the nonsense that stops you performing well. This is why the best way to mentor is simply to share what has worked for you.

Remember, being a master enables you to mentor others. It does not entitle you to master it over others.

Welcome to my side of the nonsense divide.

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