Thought I would share this article. Most of us professionals at some point need to mentor a junior so it's always welcome to read some tips on this subject.
This article focuses on this quotation from 1832
"If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
That was actually proven once. A teacher was told a particular class was Grade A at maths when in fact they were C Grade. The interesting outcome was that all the students' grades improved immeasurably purely down to this one change in mindset.
I've written about it multiple times, and I'll write about it again. Every Friday since January, I visited a college campus and met with several students to try and pass on a little knowledge about social media and writing. I wasn't always perfectly successful at this knowledge transfer--we're talking about other people here, with different levels of motivations and skill level. Yet, it was always a wonderful exercise because it's all about the process of mentoring, not any desire to see immediate results.