Years ago when I was a freshman Philosophy student my mother sent me to one of our relatives to help me get a job for experience as I undertook my studies. The relative asked me why I was doing such an ‘unmarketable’ course like Philosophy and Bachelor of Arts instead of, say, doing the then more popular Bachelor of Commerce. She then went on to dismiss me very quickly even adding that in their company they do not canvass – as if I had asked for that.
15 years on, I have travelled to numerous countries all over the world, met people of diverse culture & amassed gargantuan knowledge all because of the ‘unmarketable’ Philosophy & Arts my relative refused to acknowledge a decade back. Well, the world did acknowledge it, so who cares now.
Today, we have so many people online & offline claiming to offer mentorship/coaching for one thing or the other; entrepreneurship, leadership, life skills, and so on. But these people, who you have to pay large sums of money half the time, will never tell you the truth that I will now. NO ONE CARES about you. Not your friends, not your relatives – NOBODY. No one cares about your work. Skills, opportunities, knowledge, experience, networks, are things you have to acquire yourself, they will not be handed over to you. Any mentor worth his/her salt will teach you the ropes of acquiring these things tooth and nail instead of giving you pages of moribund inspirational brouhaha meant to prepare you for the world.
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