Passionate about helping people
For as long as I can remember I’ve cared about helping people. It’s afterall one of the main reasons I trained as a doctor. But in hindsight I’ve realised that the main tool to help people is by being a support for them not just when they need you most, but even when they don’t. We often gain so much through the conversations we have with strangers simply because they understand the world differently compared to yourself. Therefore one of the best ways to understand the world is to understand people, and to work with them not just for your own or mutual benefit, but for their benefit. You will regularly learn about practices and theories by having to do or think like other people, perhaps even in a different environment.
So I actively try to help people wherever I am, and regardless of what I’m doing. By helping someone else, I get to share the knowledge I have of the world, with the potential bonus of learning more about the world too. To do this, I regularly provide my services as a mentor and as a coach for others.
Mentoring focuses on transferring knowledge to other people who are less experienced with the subject matter, such as someone is seeking career development advice from someone who has “been there and done that”. This is in contrast to coaching, which is more about drawing out the next course of action from the coachee by asking questions and never giving advice. I try often to do a bit a both, when appropriate, as sometimes people would prefer to told what their options are, even though generally people tend to act upon a plan they conceive themselves since the plan is their own creation.