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Six Lessons Lana Al-Resheed Taught Me Without Even Realizing It

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Mentors are not magic. Your mentor is not your Professor Dumbledore. Your mentor is a human being. They are allowed to have flaws and personality quirks and you are allowed to not like those things about them, and vice versa.

I personally grew up in a family of overachievers and in an environment that inadvertently taught me (or tried to teach me) that I should enter into all things either a) knowing everything or b) pretending to know everything. The more I grew up the more I resented this kind of intimidating and isolated attitude especially when it came to work or school. As a result, I tend to seek out indirect guidance and education from anyone around me who I think is a little extra special, regardless of whether or not they are my superiors in a professional environment. In hindsight, I’ve found that this one trait alone has given me such an overwhelmingly HUGE advantage in my careers as an academic, a writer, and as an editor/publisher. Because I’ve always unconsciously tried to soak up as much professional knowledge as I can from literally every single person around me, I think I can now safely say that I have a very extensive, advanced knowledge base in my chosen fields that most people who are my age don’t have and that usually only develop over a period of much longer, more complex work experiences.

Most recently, I’ve had the crazy lucky fortune of working super closely with known marketing badass and general all around awesome lady-person Lana Al-Resheed who, if you recall, was my debut Running in Heels interview over a year ago. The actual story of how Lana and I met, got in contact with each other, and eventually started working together would have never EVER happened without this humble blog. If you think about it, it’s a pretty strong and beautiful indication of who Lana Al-Resheed is as a person and how much risk and support she is willing to put into someone she believes in and feels a special connection to–even if it was someone she hardly knew like me. The story of how Lana and I came into each other’s lives is one of my favorite stories to ever tell just because it sounds so wonderfully unreal and miraculously fated by God. But it IS real and it’s goddamned beautiful.

Even after having worked with her for almost an entire year now I still don’t know what the exact reasons were for her choosing me and believing in me as much as she did (I don’t even think she knows exactly). All I know is that Lana loves it when she sees things that other people don’t see and she has told me that ‘you are something I saw that no one else saw.’ And, because of that, all I know is that I am lucky and so is she.

From my own experience, mentoring relationships usually end up being some of the most rewarding and meaningful relationships for both the mentor and the mentored, and they almost always develop into lifelong, family-tight bonds, even after the fact.

So, since I think that everyone on Earth needs to, at some point in their professional lives, find their own personal ‘Lana’ (even the Lanas of the world need their own Lanas), here is but a short list of some of the most important lessons that Lana Al-Resheed has taught me without even realizing it. (I actually tried to see if she realized it and asked her to list six of what she thought were her most important lessons for me and she didn’t mention ANY of these, which is, of course, proof that wisdom, authenticity, and versatility are second nature to Lana Al-Resheed.)

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13 thoughts on “Six Lessons Lana Al-Resheed Taught Me Without Even Realizing It

    1. Thank you! And we actually met through this very blog! First we met at an event we were both invited to, then I interviewed her for Running in Heels, then she got in contact with me through my blog’s Instagram account! So, really, it would have never happened if this blog wasn’t here. And thank you again for always being so encouraging, m’dear!

  1. This list is so badass and so true, reading it felt like getting an inside peak into Warren Buffet’s head, if he had any charm or sense of humor. Way to go, the two of you. Have fun taking over the world!

  2. لنا الرشيد شخصية كويتية مشرقة، مساندة للشباب و الإبداع، و مفكرة غير عادية في مجتمع أقل من عادي. إستمتعنا بالمقالة و بإنتظار كل جديد منكم.

    1. مشكورة على الكلام الطيب و أكيد أنا أؤيد رأيك بالمبدعة الي هي لنا الرشيد. فعلاً إنسانه مافي منها إثنين.

  3. “Look up in the sky, its a Bird… its a Plane… No Its Superwoman. Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Who, disguised as Lana Al-Resheed, mild mannered marketing guru for a nation-wide magazine fights the unending battle for truth, justice, and the Kuwaiti way.”

    Great story…as always.

  4. لو في يوم صار عندنا وزارة سياحية بالكويت أنا أرشح لنا الرشيد أول إسم لمنصب الوزير من دون أي تردد.

    المقال قوي و صريح و مميز… كتابه رائعة و موضوع أروع.

  5. Wat many ppl dont know about lana alresheed is she is the 1st one to reeally make projects n ideas to support kuwaiti youth n she gave sooo many young ppl in kuwait there 1st chances b4 any body.. b4 there was p2bk n b4 instagram lana was 1 of the ppl in kuwait who was 1st in giving n supporting n sharing the kuwaiti youth talents from times when she started in the hotels n such.. i know cause i was one of them n i never forget her kindness ❤

  6. it take only one amazing person to inspire sooo many others to be amazing like them .. lana alresheed prove that u dont need to be a instagram fashioonesta or sell urself to reach people n touch people in there life

    bravo to her & to u also! great woman I respect

  7. لنا الرشيد تمثل الفئة المثقفة من المجتمع الكويتي و الفئة الراقيه الغير ملحوظة في الإعلام… إنجازها عز و فخر لنا و نجاحها من نجاحنا… شخصية مبدعة لا تتكرر و طاقة إجابية فعالة مستمرة 👍

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