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Key Idea: Find a Mentor

Harold Robinson worked for 50 years as a professional photographer before he retired and took on the job to mentor a young talent.

Key Question:


Consult  your mentors.

Q: Why does Harold help Monica?

A: Harold has fifty years of experience as a photographer and it seems as if he has had many young people ask him for advice and help. He says he spends time mentoring Monica because, "She takes every idea and puts it to use. She is the only person I have found I could put my world into and be happy."

Q: Is there a difference between a mentor and a teacher? Do we need both?
A: Yes and yes. If you don't have good teachers and if you don't find some mentors, you will not achieve your potential. Everyone who does something great has help along the way. It is not a sign of strength to go alone toward your goals, it is a sign of weakness.

Think about it

Do you have a mentor now?  If not, could you make a list of potential mentors?  Will you schedule some time to call or go visit the people on your list?


Clip from: Monica Morgan Photography

Detroit:  Meet Monica Morgan.   She took a calculated risk and it paid off. And, then she got serious about running a business.

In this episode of the show you can learn many lessons about sole proprietorships, risk-taking, sharing, mentoring, being mentored, and chutzpah (even temerity).  Today, Monica runs a full-service photography studio and is at the top of her game. She is a photojournalist who contributes to Newsweek, Jet, the Detroiter and the Associated Press. Rosa Parks first commissioned Monica to do the cover for her bestseller, Quiet Strength, then she became Rosa's photographer.

We all ask, "How can I get to the top of my profession?" Monica has done it.  Mix one part courage (heart, the muscle) with two parts intelligence (brains, that deep knowledge of your profession) and three parts tenacity (personal will), and then, constantly reinvent the formula. Magic begins to happen.

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Find a Mentor

HATTIE: (Voiceover) Monica's father has never been part of her life, and her mother died when Monica was 19. But her talent attracted the attention of Harold Robinson.

HAROLD ROBINSON (Professional Photographer): Give me your eyes, right here. Down a little bit. Right.

HATTIE: (Voiceover) He's been a professional photographer for 50 years, the first black photographer hired by a newspaper in the state of Michigan back in 1968.

HAROLD: Don't hold it so tight, just relax.

I'm her consultant 24 hours a day. Regardless what city or state she's in, she'll call. If she's in a helicopter in the air, she'll call.

HATTIE: Wait a minute, Harold, so she's gonna call you and she's gonna say, `The sun is shining, there are two clouds, what f-stop...'

HAROLD: Mm-hmm--shall I do? What f-stop, what speed?

HATTIE: Well, are there people like you around for all of us? I mean...

HAROLD: Yeah, if they're the right people. Now, I don't want--I would not want to give anybody--I mean, I wouldn't want to waste my time to help somebody that don't appreciate it, don't put it to use. Monica takes every little thing and put it to good use. She's good, she's fast, she have class. See, at my age, I don't know how long I'll be here, so whatever I know, I'm gonna pass it on to somebody gonna take good use of it, take the advantage of it and make good use of it. So Monica's the only person that I've found that I felt like I could put my world into and be happy about it. So that's what--anything--that's what I'm saying--anything she wants to know, regardless of what time of day or night it is, she call me. If she need help, lighting, shooting, I'm with her.

MONICA: It's important to enjoy what you do for a living. And when you enjoy it, you can put more of yourself into it. That's extremely important. People say that when you own your own business, you can do what you want, you have freedom. You do have freedom, but I work seven days a week. Even if it's not all day, there are things that I have to do. I have to check messages, I have to do some planning, I have to do soul-searching. So there's always something involved in having a business. But I can do it, again, when I choose to.

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