When I was reading Harvey Mackay’s Nationally Syndicated Column: Words of Wisdom from Successful People, I thought, “This is the time of year when college students hit the job market as either full-time employees or summer interns.”
Many of these students-our future leaders-are thirsty for knowledge at this time in life. They crave success in their careers, just like we did. As leaders, it is our role to use our wisdom to help them get where they want to go.
This summer, take extra steps to make a difference in these students’ careers by sharing your experience and wisdom.
How can you do this? Here are three ways:
1. Tell stories that contain an important lesson. As an example, think about one pivotal mistake you made and learned from, and then share it. Conversely, think about key actions or steps you took to propel your career, and share those.
2. Volunteer to mentor a student who shows a desire to connect with you. You’ll find it rewarding to take someone under your wing, share your wisdom, then watch that person grow and succeed. Both of you will value and appreciate the experience.
3. Share your favorite thought-provoking “wisdom” quote, perhaps choosing from these examples in Mackay’s column:
• “You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job and not be paid for it.” – Oprah Winfrey
• “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford
• “The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.” – President Theodore Roosevelt
To come full circle, think of a leader who mentored you, call that person and say, “Thanks.” Then go pay it forward.