A Mentor Moment

By Edittress | A weekly digest of mentoring lessons learned, survival tips, and encouragement. Designed for the modern workplace. And visit edittress.com to find, message, and book 1-on-1 video chats with a mentor in minutes.

3 Effective Steps To Break Bad Habits

From highly effective to atomic, habits are having a moment. I recently came across this bit of wisdom from Seth Godin by way of Fred Wilson’s …

Inspired By: Toni Morrison

If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it.A sister can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves – a special kind …

How To Handle A Mentor Relationship That Just Isn’t Clicking

So you wanna break up with your mentor? You’re not alone. It’s a funny meta moment when a mentee asks me how to handle another mentor. Usually it’s …

Inspired By: Emily Brontë

It was not the thorn bending to the honeysuckles, but the honeysuckles embracing the thorn.I have dreamed in my life, dreams that have stayed with me …

How To Foster Mentorship In A Small Organization

While in residence at a startup incubator, I witnessed the culture of startups and small organizations first hand within a small petri dish in …

Inspired By: J.K. Rowling

Why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I …

What To Reasonably Expect From A Mentor

Last month, I had the honor of partnering with Power To Fly on a session all about mentoring. What it means, what it really means, and how to get the …

Inspired By: Baroness Karen Christenze von Blixen-Finecke (a.k.a. Isak Dinesen)

The cure for anything is salt water — sweat, tears, or the sea.Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich …

How To Handle Impostor Syndrome

“Fake it ‘til you make it” is common advice. But what do you do when you make it? Do we ever really make it? And if you do, how do you live with …

Inspired By: Louise Bourgeois

The spider is a repairer. If you bash into the web of a spider, she doesn’t get mad. She weaves and repairs it.<p>Space is something that you have to …

10 Ways To Create Joy Every Day And At Work

From the government shutdown to the looming tax season, it’s no wonder Marie Kondo has sparked a hit with her new Netflix series this year. Every day …

Inspired By: Nellie Bly

It is only after one is in trouble that one realizes how little sympathy and kindness there are in the world.Energy rightly applied and directed will …

How To Cope With Waiting For Change

Whether it’s for a new job or that perfect partner, patience is both something that’s easy to loathe and hard to practice. It’s the boiled broccoli …

Inspired By: Elizabeth Blackwell

My hope rises when I find that the inner heart of a human being may remain pure, notwithstanding some corruption of the outer coverings.For what is …

How To Choose and Develop A Theme This New Year

A few days after the new year I felt a palpable weight. And, no, not necessarily from the extra holiday pie. I found myself double-backing on certain …

Inspired By: Gloria Steinem

Like art, revolutions come from combining what exists into what has never existed before.Anger is energizing. The opposite of anger is depression, …

Going With The Flow When The Going Gets Tough

This week we tackle a reader request about going with the flow:“It’s easy when the current of productivity is strong, though when the waves are …

Inspired By: Maria Montessori

Joy, feeling one’s own value, being appreciated and loved by others, feeling useful and capable of production are all factors of enormous value for …

5 Simple & Smart Goals To Live Your Best Life

Enticing headline, right? I have received these 5 nuggets of advice so many times and have since parlayed the same over and over again to mentees…I …

Inspired By: Katharine Hepburn

Life can be wildly tragic at times, and I’ve had my share. But whatever happens to you, you have to keep a slightly comic attitude. In the final …

Time Management Hacks For Everyday Work & Life

Something about the end of the year pulls me in every direction. There is always the baseline anxiety of building a startup sprinkled with the added …

Inspired By: Susan B. Anthony

Forget conventionalisms; forget what the world thinks of you stepping out of your place; think your best thoughts, speak your best words, work your …

3 Steps To Appreciate Others This Holiday Season

Expressing gratitude is an art worth practicing at home and in the office. It’s easy with people we already care about and enjoy working with. I …

Inspired By: Audre Lorde

The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for …

Need A New Career? 5 Tips For Breaking Into A Different Industry

I have a lot of gratitude for spending nearly a decade working inside the entertainment industry. From intern to senior vice president, I saw it all. …

Inspired By: Audrey Hepburn

Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m possible!’People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and …

How To Avoid Overpromising At Work

There can be a big gap between who we are and who we think we are. I believe this is the root of overpromising. It’s incredibly stressful on two …

Top 10 Hipster Words That Your Baby Boomer Co-worker Doesn’t Understand

Part of the thesis for online mentorship is encouraging more inter-generational conversations. While high-minded, we acknowledge that there could be …

Inspired By: Molly Ivins

The first rule of holes: when you’re in one, stop digging.The thing is this: You got to have fun while you’re fightin’ for freedom, ’cause you don’t …