JACINTA ON MIKE
I’ve been working for myself for about 10 years, but have only really found my feet in the last two to three years. Today, I own two businesses – a design studio called Jac&, and 43 Derby Street, a new shared workspace in Melbourne’s Collingwood. I met Mike on Twitter. He used to release a mixtape series called We Dance Alone, and I was a great fan.
About four years ago, I was working on a project and needed a developer, and Mike put his hand up. I lacked confidence but Mike was incredibly patient and our friendship was born. Although we collaborate all the time, I’m always asking him for advice and to read my business plans. In the past, I’ve been disillusioned by the separation between who I am and how I presented myself professionally. Mike helped build my confidence and pushed me to let my guard down. He’s really great at what he does – he’s professional, but who he is in the pub is who he is in a boardroom.
Senior mentors can still be valuable, but seeking mentorship from people on the same level as you is so important. Because the relationship you have with collaborators is more easygoing, it helps you grow professionally and personally.