Social Capital: My Mentor for Example

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My goal, to this day, is to be an educational game designer. Back when I got my start, it was not a lack of desire, direction, or discipline that hindered me. What hindered me was that what I wanted to do had never been done before. I met Roberta Greene and thought that we would discuss a human behavior course. I would adopt her forthcoming book for a class I was teaching and provide my feedback and ideas for technology enhancements for the book. We completed that task. Curtain drop? No. Over the next 8 years, I would collaborate with Roberta to create increasingly sophisticated accompaniment CDROM for her book titles. By year eight, I was producing my own book content and accompaniment materials. The story of social capital development is not the rewards, the royalties, and the productivity gained over eight years. The story of social capital development rests in the fact that Roberta is my mentor, the pattern for my work with students, the inspiration for my quest to become a better writer, the model of what it means to be authentic, loving, and reciprocal. She taught me by example what it means to be a mentor. I shared her lesson with you here ( It is often said, “It’s not what you know. It’s who you know.” The cliché has been expanded, “It’s not who you know, but who knows you.” I would offer that the secret of success is

  1. What you know,
  2. Who knows you know it, and
  3. The willingness of a mentor to risk their reputation to support the development of yours.