Give in to external pressure, and you can end up miserable before long. Take a strong, independent stand, and everyone will likely be unhappy with you before long.
So how do you navigate that quintessential win-win?
That’s how I see mentoring: helping good people craft their approach to getting what they want out of their career.
The advantages for those being mentored are substantial: an impartial perspective, good advice, new connections, and honest feedback. But being a mentor for others also has its rewards, often unappreciated by many.
I’ve had the good fortune of being mentored, and being a mentor. I’d recommend both for just about anyone so inclined.