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The Big Idea for Monday, March 25, 2013

For anyone who is planning a career, launching a new career, or looking to advance themselves on the professional ladder, a good mentor is essential, in a number of ways.

The most rudimentary aspect of mentorship is to show someone the ropes, that is to say, teach them some of the unwritten rules that are essential for success at a company or in a particular industry. This might be advice about what to wear to an interview or to the office.

Mentorship goes a lot deeper than that. For instance, Wall Street star Anthony Scaramucci talks about the necessity for young people to find their moral compass in order to avoid the temptations of greed that are so rampant on Wall Street. That means finding a positive role model, which is not to be found, Scaramucci says, in the fictional character Gordon Gekko. 



  1. 1 Can You Find a Mentor or Will Your Mentor Find You?
    Gerry Czarnecki Experts' Corner
  2. 2 Goodbye Gordon Gekko. Wall Street Needs Real Mentors.
    Daniel Honan Summer School for the Real World
  3. 3 Putting the "Men" Back in "Mentor"
    Big Think Editors Think Tank
  4. 4 Being Neil deGrasse Tyson: Be Yourself
    Neil deGrasse Tyson


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