Episode 54: Interview with my Mentor, Amy Spagnolo

November 1, 2016
Introduction
  • No quick tip or r/college portion of show today, straight to the interview
Today’s Topic: Interview with Amy Spagnolo on Mentorship and Goals
Just us today as we discuss:
  • How Amy got into the mental health field, and her story of making the leap to academia
  • My version of how our relationship evolved from the protege perspective
  • Amy’s version of the evolution of the relationship as the mentor
  • How Amy’s mentorship relationships started, and what she’s gotten out of them
  • How should students seek out mentorship opportunities?
  • Amy’s personal goal setting process
  • Her advice for college students that are struggling with goal achievement
Home Exercise
  • Brainstorm 1-2 people you can target as mentors to help you reach the goal you’re working on, or some other goal that you have on your radar. This exercise is meant to be long-term in that it might not relate right now to what you’re working on, but my pay off down the road. Start laying the groundwork now.
Previous Week’s Home Exercises
 
  1. Write down you goal for this semester. It should be one single goal, something you really, really want, and something you can achieve in 3 months.
  2. Now that you have a goal, it’s time to map it out. Begin to break the goal down in chunks. Each chunk can be broken down further into steps (not all at once if you don’t want). Give at least one chunk a deadline.
  3. Take something you’ve been procrastinating on, and “put it to bed.” Either do it, or figure out why you’re not doing it, and take care of that issue. Or don’t do it, and be fine with the fact that you’ve changed directions, or it’s really not due yet.
  4. How does online learning relate to your goal this semester? It might not currently, but is there a way you can leverage any low cost/free online resources? Think about the lifelong learner.
  5. Pick one of the Wealth-Building Principles and determine how it can help your goal become a reality. This might be more of a long-term play for many, but consider these principles and which ones you might want to better embrace as you focus on your goals.
  6. Take stock of where you’re at with your goal progress so far. Make adjustments as needed.
  7. Evaluate your need to seek help. Do you need help with your goal? Where would you expect to find that help? Write down your possible solutions and make a plan to get that help.
  8. Figure out one way to build resiliency and anti-fragility in your life. Is there any way that the goal you’re working on will make you more resilient or anti-fragile?
Housekeeping
If you have mental health issues and a success story to tell (current college student or former), I’d like to interview you about your goal achievement quest, the struggles/adversity you faced, as well the recovery strategies you learned, let me know!
 
 
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