JACINTA ON MIKE

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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.

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