Mentoring

How to Find a Mentor

Kelly Lovell | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada Living
Kelly Lovell

While we cannot make up for the experiences we lack, we can certainly draw from the knowledge of those who have lived before us. Regardless of your age or the stage you are in your life, I believe mentorship is an invaluable tool. There is a reason why maps were created. Imagine a road trip without the aid of a map?

How To Be Relevant in an Hour a Week

Elan Divon | Posted 03.28.2014 | Canada Living
Elan Divon

The average Canadian spends a whopping four hours and 20 minutes a day watching TV (5 hours in the U.S. for comparison), and that doesn't include social media time. That's 30 hours a week or 1560 hours a year in which the average Canadian sits on a couch. So here's my challenge to you: Give up one sitcom, one iffy reality show to free up an hour of your time each week.

The Invaluable Benefits of Mentorship for Today's Youth

Mark Lievonen | Posted 08.05.2013 | Canada Business
Mark Lievonen

All of us need mentoring in our lives -- to inspire us, motivate us and help us achieve our aspirations. Industry studies show that mentoring programs in the workplace are good for both mentors and mentees, and can improve retention and career advancement.

Tea Not Troubles Brews For Reformed Youths At YOU Made It Cafe

CP | Susan Greer, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.13.2013 | Canada Impact

LONDON, Ont. - From the outside, except for the slightly unusual name, you might not suspect there's anything special about the YOU Made It Cafe in do...

The Key to a Happy Childhood? Mentoring

Danisha Bhaloo | Posted 02.04.2013 | Canada Living
Danisha Bhaloo

According to research, as well as my own personal and professional experience, the key to a happy childhood is mentorship. Kids who have a positive role model in their lives are more likely to succeed academically and develop healthy lifestyles.

How Mentoring Can Save Your Company

Mary Donohue | Posted 02.02.2013 | Canada Business
Mary Donohue

Over the course of the past six months, I have been investigating the "trickle-down" effect of mentoring in the workplace. The trickle-down effect of mentoring is that it enables employees to be more productive and innovative. This is because behaviour is a function of the relationship between people and the environment.

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- In Conclusion

Ken Rabow | Posted 12.09.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

So you went from being a slacker with unrealized potential to a mover and shaker in the world in 13 steps. Or more likely, you just read all the blog versions of the whole book (without skipping over too much, I hope) and you are wondering a bunch of questions. I will answer the questions first and then get to the ones who have gone through the 13 steps.

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step 13: Helping Others Helps You

Ken Rabow | Posted 12.06.2012 | Canada
Ken Rabow

Most people feel something missing in their lives. So, how do we bring meaning into our lives? How do we begin to feel truly alive? Do something crazy! Help someone else. Choose to make one small positive change in the world. When we start thinking about helping others, we raise not only their hopes but our own heart vibrations. Our hearts rise up beyond the petty slights and missteps of daily life and begin to focus on a bigger picture.

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step Twelve: Living a Full Life

Ken Rabow | Posted 12.01.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

When you are mindful of your daily life, your life is one of being present. Of really living and not just killing time to go virtual. Learning to care and to matter may be one of the greatest commodities in the age of ideas because then your work, play, study and relationship times become chances to experience, feel, think and grow. Live each day like it was the only one you have. Care about people and learn from everything.

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step Eleven: The Good Thing About Addictions

Ken Rabow | Posted 11.30.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

The young clients I work with tend to be addicted to: video gaming, magic cards, junk food and/or cannabis. Many would say that their addictions seem to provide a level of comfort -- a buffer from an unsafe world. Having an addictive nature means that you have a passionate nature. So, how do you take these passions and make them become something generative?

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step Ten: From Crud to Cred

Ken Rabow | Posted 11.25.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

So here you are, taking another stab at "making it" in life. Your parents are cautiously optimistic.You are non-committal. Your dog still thinks you're amazing (but he likes Yanni). It should go well. You're older. You've had a few "challenges" under you belt and you've survived. You're not on the street or in a cult or both. Then why so nervous?

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step Nine: Feeling Safe "Out There"

Ken Rabow | Posted 05.13.2013 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

In a positive stage of your life, you're meeting with people who will accept you for following your purpose and sharing the qualities of passion and striving that you have in common. Each positive action builds upon itself. Each setback becomes merely a minor bump on the road you are travelling on and everything leads you towards your bliss. You may just find yourself unboxed and free for the very first time!

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step Eight: Doing It In The Real World

Ken Rabow | Posted 11.14.2012 | Canada
Ken Rabow

You can study, you can practice, you can philosophize all you want, it means diddly until you test it out there in the "real world." Now comes the next step for a young adult searching to find their success in life: putting three toes in the water. If you get three straight failures, remember Edison took 10,000 wrong tries to find the right filament, creating the incandescent bulb.

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step Seven: Being Your Best

Ken Rabow | Posted 11.12.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

What would you do? How would you be? How would you go about it? Who would you seek out? What if it wasn't what you thought it would be? How would you know when you'd arrived? Be careful for what you wish for. I am going to give you the keys to make whatever you want happen as long as it is for the benefit of all who are touched by your choices.

A Business Tip From a Country Boy: Invest in People

Mary Donohue | Posted 11.12.2012 | Canada Business
Mary Donohue

Bill Clinton at the DNC said what white- and blue-collar workers have known for 30 years: you need to invest in people to have an innovative and productive economy. My coach, used to say "you get corn, if you plant corn." Neither in government nor in business have we been planting corn. We quit planting it almost 30 years ago when we got rid of middle management in government and the private sector, and as the economy reveals, we are losing.

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step Six: How to Beat Your Time Stealer

Ken Rabow | Posted 11.06.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

Now meet your greatest challenger: the time-stealer. He (or she) is fun, charming, great to be with, someone you are happy to do things with, gets all your jokes, just all around great to kill time with. Yes, the time-stealer is a time-killer. You never get it back, and yet, you value the time spent with them.

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step Five: Hobbies and Volunteering

Ken Rabow | Posted 11.06.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

If you were to ask a young person in their teens or 20s where they really love being, most would shout out in unison: "I really love my room!" The following exercise is to help create portable "boxes of safety" in the real world.

When You Ask "How's it Going?" Are You Prepared to Hear the Answer?

Taj Hall | Posted 11.03.2012 | Canada Impact
Taj Hall

Until I started working at The Mustard Seed, an organization working with individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty, I asked and was asked "how are you?" a lot. The reply I got was almost always the same: "I'm good, thanks, and you?" But one girl changed my mind, and taught me to listen. As important as I've realized this practice is in everyday relationships, it is even more important when working with vulnerable populations.

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step Four: Generativity

Ken Rabow | Posted 10.31.2012 | Canada
Ken Rabow

We need to own what we do. The truth is that it is the things we do just for ourselves, things that we do on a daily basis, things we do when we are inspired but also when we are sick of doing them that builds character and creates something I call Generativity -- the things that one does that improve the quality of life in any way, moment by moment.

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step Three: Breaking the Negative Thought Cycle

Ken Rabow | Posted 10.28.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

At some point in our childhood, we have had some negative incidents happen to us that have caused us to be self-limiting. These become tapes playing in our heads so often that we don't even notice what they say anymore but they effect every decision we make. Here is an example of changing the loops:

The Slacker's Guide to Success -- Step Two: Choosing a Mentor

Ken Rabow | Posted 10.24.2012 | Canada Impact
Ken Rabow

Historically, the act of apprenticeship began when a person reached somewhere between the ages of 10 and 15. However, that practice changed rapidly with the inclusion of child labor laws and free education for children -- both great movements but both came at the cost of the influence of experiencing a one-on-one mentor; someone to influence the success of a person in their adolescent years. The following is a guide to finding the proper mentor for an individual student.

Getting Your Child Back on the Path to Success

Ken Rabow | Posted 04.29.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

Put three toes in the water. Why three? Do one thing and it works, and it could just be "luck." Do two things and it can still be an anomaly. Do three things and now you have a pattern. If you get three straight failures, remember Edison took 10,000 wrong tries to find the right filament, creating the incandescent bulb.

Be A Mentor, Change A Life: The Benefits Of Grown-Up Advice

The Huffington Post Canada | Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 01.25.2012 | Canada Living

Craig and Marc Kielburger are founders of Free The Children and Me to We, a social enterprise. They are authors of "The World Needs Your Kid: Raising ...

Even Survivors Need Mentors

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 11.13.2011 | Canada Living

If we're lucky, we have a mentor at some point in our lives. It can be our parents, who guide us throughout our lives; a favourite teacher who tells u...