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The original Mentor is a character in Homer´s epic poem The Odyssey.
When Odysseus, King of Ithaca went to fight in the Trojan War, he entrusted the care of his kingdom to Mentor. Mentor served as the teacher and overseer of Odysseus´s son, Telemachus. My guess is that the the King of Ithaca understood that Mentor had some really exceptional qualities in him so he entrusted the care of his kingdom and his son to Mentor.
Either that or the King of Ithaca was very dumb. Quite a scary thought that, but Kings in those days were normally shrewd, clever and manipulative people to say nothing of ruthless (all the necessary ingredients) to be King. Hence we must assume that Mentor was a very special person.
In my professional life, my most valuable assets are my mentors. Some of my mentors insisted that I do not publicly mention them. I respect that. They are truly special people and via this page on my website I wish to say an anonymous Thank you. God bless you all. May your tribe ever increase.
Having done that, I´d now like to write about a few others who have mentor me whenever I require help. I´ve asked their permission to write about then and which has been graciously granted.
I know I will never be in a position to pay them back. I promise here to pay this debt of gratitude - Forward.
Unni, is a live-wire, visionary. His mind is always buzzing with amazing ideas which he can express with superb clarity.
This is the mind responsible for steering Pigtail Pundits towards fulfillment and profit within emerging interactive technologies.
Unni has a Masters in Marketing Management from Jamnalal Bajaj, Mumbai, India. JBIMS is quite simply the best place for management studies in Mumbai. This grounding plus, 23 years experience in advertising planning, account management, direct marketing, personal selling, brand building and entrepreneurship define Unni.
Unni consistently turns customers into friends. Then into - Pigtail Pundits - brand evangelists.
Pigtail Pundits works with - corporates, professionals and small businesses - both in India as well as in the US and UK. His specialty is Open Source tools and technologies, specifically Content Management Systems, Social Networking, and Community Building.
Unni, shares his vast skills of the open source domain with me without reservations. Humoring, my often juvenile questions like an elder dealing gently with a slow learner. I´ve known Unni for a pretty long time now and we´ve become family friends, I look up to him for my mentoring needs in the Open source, tools and technologies space.
I located Chris Von Nieda from a thread I´d started on LinkedIn where the topic was the Costs of SEO. Chris´s reply was one that interested me.
I got in touch and he did a quick analysis of my website free of cost, showed me some areas of opportunity and proved to me he can bring us results, without ever talking money.
I called Chris and spoke to him a couple of times on Skype. Each time Chris patiently answered all the questions buzzing in my mind about how he would approach handling SEO / SEM for a website of mine.
I found out that Chris is a web developer, with great SEO and SEM skills. He has spent about 15 years on the Internet since he was first hooked by it.
I discovered that Chris initially chose a career in the U.S. Marines as an aircraft mechanic. I am really glad that one fine day Chris decided that he didn´t want to spend the rest of his life covered in hydraulic fluid. What the U.S. Marine aircraft maintenance lost that day, the Internet gained and so did I.
During all my interactions with Chris I´ve always found him to be straight forward and up front. He is willing to work side by side with us. My entire tech team and I are really happy with the way our website´s SEO / SEM was handled by Chris Von Nieda. Thank you Chris, for your patience and skill.
I´ve no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Chris to anyone who wants a well thought through, planned, SEO / SEM applied to their website. Get in touch with Chris, like me, I´m confident you will be happy you did.
To take a Brick and Mortar business to the Internet so that it generates a income stream successfully requires a pretty thorough knowledge of the Internet and how it delivers profits to business.
I´ve wanted to take a business onto the Interenet for some time. I was looking for someone to give me advice and directions on how to do this successfully.
I found a website named Internet Marketing For Small Business Owners and I located Jarom Adair. Jarom runs an on-line business that teaches business owners how to take their business online, successfully.
Jarom´s USP: Five days a week, a solid two hours each day, he is available on a conference call accessible via a landline, mobile or via Skype.
Join in and talk to Jarom about the problems you want sorted out. He consistently provides the most sensible advice, delivered in simple to understand ways. Jarom really likes to assist people and does so superbly.
Take a quick look at Jarom´s website. You will not regret the time you spend there. Spend sometime listening to Jarom´s podcasts. It was after listening to several of Jarom´s podcasts that I decided to start of my mentee relationship with him.
I´ve never regretted it. I am a regular subscriber to Jarom´s mentoring for some time now. I believe it´s excellent, and priced reasonably. Why not sign on yourself? You will be glad you did.