Would you mentor someone 5 min. a day?

Adrian Skar on December 15, 2018

So I'm learning JS on my own and I've found many helpful sites (fCC, MDN, Dev.to...) and tools (Discord, Twitter, git, kanban boards...) but some... [Read Full]
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Adrian, thanks for asking the question and diving into your thoughts about mentorship. I really think this drove it home for me:

Can we get 5 minutes a day with someone experienced to learn from directly? That doesn't seem much but... Is it fair for us to ask for 30 hours a year of someone's time?

5 minutes a day might not feel like you're making a huge impact, but when you spell it out as equaling up to 30 hours of mentorship a year, it paints a completely different picture. That's significant. Thanks for doing that. Have you yourself done some sort of mentorship with another person in a 5 minute interval? I would love to hear some ideas that you might've explored on how to get started in your challenge.


Hi Michael! No, I haven't done anything like that (even though I'm the Android, Windows, Linux, Network and what-not expert for my relatives, xD).
I thought about a 5 min. window because of the constraints mentioned in the post and that, at first, didn't seem much at first if I were to ask someone for advice but, at the same time, it all adds up.
I guess 5 min with someone experienced could help people like me to make the proper "corrections" while walking this path but as good as it may sound I know everyone is at least as busy as me so I wonder if we could find yet a better way. Thank you!


I mentor people here and there, usually folks that find me through my blog. I'm happy to give them 5 minutes any time, although it's usually more like 45 minutes a week, spread unevenly between days.

I'm a JavaScript dev too, I'd be happy to answer any questions you have via direct message or email. 😃


Wow, that's sounds great and very generous. Thank you!


Hi Adrian !!!

You written very well. I like the way you write the article.

Your article's heading is come with a lot of different question which have a unique meaning . I like that .
First of all learning is self exploration process now how ?
Every body in this universe have a different level of IQ , the way of understanding things , a and everyone has their own way to tackle with a problem . Sometime a task for you which is easy that same task may be hard or so hard to do or understand. Because everyone have their own way to catch things or you can say they accept things in a different way. So you understand fast than others then means the way you learn is more efficient than other's method.
And i will be mentor for 5 min to help someone then Yes i will . And try to explain things in the way he things. that's all .
So if feel ever demotivate or frustrated or stuck on any problem then start exploring yourself where you wrong or mind not able to get that idea . And some times interest matters.
That's all.


Hi abhishekalbert, thank you for your support!
I recon self-exploration and trying to get some distance from the problem itself can prove highly helpful when you're struggling too.
I guess sometimes you don't need a mentor but, at the same time, I often hear about how necessary or helpful it was for many.

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