Millennial & Boomer Chat: Who do you most admire?

Posted In: Mentors / Networking
Posted On: 9/19/2016

WATCH NOW: Who do you admire most in your life and why?

And READ ON as millennial career champion/mentor, Jane Miller, and millennial entrepreneur, Jake Hurwitz, weigh in on this question...

Jane: The person I admire most passed away over forty years ago—my grandfather.  He was a self-educated and self-made man that instilled in me the belief that I could rise above my circumstance.  And the secret to rising above my circumstance?  Education.  He promised that having a good education would open doors for me.  Of course, he was right.  But what he didn’t explain (or perhaps I was too young to understand) was that education wasn’t just about book knowledge.  It was about the experience of being exposed to new ideas, about having your thinking challenged, about not surrounding yourself with people who look and act as you do.  Today I would describe the impact he had on me as this—he challenged me to be intellectually curious about the world.  And although my “Poppy” has been long gone, he has had a lasting impact on me and how I view my world.jane miller, jake hurwitz, millennials and mentors

Jake: My father. Since I was young, my dad has always pushed me to reach my full potential. From ice hockey, to school-work, to building my first company, he has always motivated and challenged me to progress as a young adult, a friend, a family member, a student, and as a professional. We constantly have an open conversation going and without him, I do not know where I would be today.

Jane: What is so interesting about Jake’s answer, my answer, and the answers of our other millennial participants is this:  the person we most admire is a person who we actually know in our life.  It was never a well-known public figure.

Key takeaway:  Most of us are not looking for someone famous to be our role model.  We are looking for a real person in our life.

How to activate that concept:  Don’t be afraid to become a mentor to someone.  Each of us has a gift that can be shared with someone else.  It doesn’t have to be a heavy lift or a life-long commitment.  Just the acknowledgment that we all need someone to admire, to believe in.  Someone who helps us believe in ourselves.

Next up: “How would you like others to describe you?”