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Stoa Digest #114: 🪄 The Guiding Hand 🪄
A push in the right direction.
Winter is coming! And so is the Charter this weekend!
Wishing all the folks who are sitting for the Stoa Charter this weekend the very best. Hope all of y’all slay it.
Go team! 💯
Today, I’d like to talk about an important individual that many may find in the course of their lives - a Mentor. A mentor is a trusted guide, more often than not, they have threaded the path you are attempting to take and can help you navigate through uncertainty.
Now, I’m sure you’ve come across the movie where a clumsy chubby carefree panda gets taken under the wing of a Kung Fu master to train and learn martial arts as he eventually ebraces his true destiny to become the fabled warrior. Yes, I’m talking about Po and Master Shifu from “Kung-fu Panda”! This movie was one of my all-time favorite animated movies, not only cause of the quirky jokes and humor but also for the way it portrayed a story of transformation. ➕
To give you a short summary - Master Shifu, a revered Kung Fu master, reluctantly, takes on the responsibility of training a seemingly enthusiastic and overweight panda, Po, to become the Dragon Warrior. The story depicts a journey that signifies the essence of mentorship and mirrors the real-life impact mentors can have on individuals.
The journey isn’t entirely smooth. You see, Master Shifu didn’t choose Po to be his student, and neither did Po choose Master Shifu as his mentor. Fate, timing and luck, brought them together.
Po was unable to follow conventional training methods, that worked so well for Master Shifu’s other students. If you remember the movie, Master Shifu, had to unlock Po’s motivations and eventual potential in a very sneaky way. I won’t say more. WATCH THE MOVIE!! 🎬
One of the most significant advantages of having a mentor is the accelerated learning curve. They willingly share their experiences and resources to nurture growth and become better professionals. For example, your very own manager can turn out to be a mentor during your tenure at a company - You join a team and work together with your team manager to achieve goals that eventually help you gain experience and individually grow.
Mentors play a vital role in shaping your professional journey and have a pretty positive impact on your learning curve that molds you into a more valuable asset at your workplace. Eventually, you may find yourself in a position to mentor others, helping strengthen industries and communities. Mentors come into your life to drive a positive change in your professional journey.
I personally have had multiple mentors over different stages of my life. From my cricket coach in high school who taught me the art of the game which eventually opened up an opportunity to captain my school team, to my current manager at Stoa who helped me work on building various skills to widen my knowledge base and boost my learning curve to become a better professional, these people are the one’s that really create a difference in your journey.
On that note, I’d also like to take a moment to wish all the teachers, coaches, mentors, and educators a very Happy Teacher’s Day! 🥳
~ Adi, Team Stoa
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