GenJuice just released its list of Top 100 Most Desirable Mentors, and… through either a) divine intervention, b) a computer glitch, c) a case of mistaken identity or d) a perfectly aimed envelope containing about 300 Pesos, I somehow managed to find myself in 81st place, squeezed between President Obama and American Apparel CEO Dov Charney.
My initial reaction, as you can well imagine:
- What the hell is going on over at GenJuice? Have those kids lost their minds over there? Did the computer go crazy? What the…
… But as it turns out, the process was completely scientific (as in completely human) and 100% legit. How did GenJuice come up with the list? By asking their audience. So there you go. Don’t blame dimpled chads and glitchy polling booths for this one. From the brains at GenJuice:
Who do you look up to? What movers and shakers take your aspirations to new heights because of everything they achieved? GenJuice spoke with young adults around the world to find out the people they most admire.
Today’s young adults have access to so many research and communication tools and resources thanks to technology, but one thing remains certain: mentorship is an irreplaceable asset for personal and professional growth. This is precisely why GenJuice spoke with young adults and compiled our first Top 100 Most Desirable Mentors. You will find pioneers in policy, technology, entertainment, media, and more.
The result was GenJuice’s list of a 100 most desirable mentors, and through some strange twist of circumstance, my name came up. To get us started, let’s take a quick look at my favorite co-listers in the top 20:
Not a bad start, but it gets better:
… and hotter:
(Update: Congrats to Natalie for now being ‘Academy Award Winner Natalie Portman!’ Well deserved.)
Unfortunately, the editors of GenJuice stopped posting profile photos outside of the Top 20, but let me list a few more names I plucked out from the back of the plane just now:
21 Chris Anderson (Curator of TED)
23 Steve Jobs (from, you know… Apple)
33 Nelson Mandela (not to be confused with Morgan Freeman, and vis-versa)
40 Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park)
53 Colin Powell (Former Secretary of State)
58 Jack Dorsey (Twitter)
65 Bill Clinton (you know… THE Bill Clinton)
67 Sanjay Gupta (CNN)
80 President Barack Obama
81 Me (owner of Chico the chihuahua)
85 Bono (U2)
94 Brian Solis (who kindly wrote my foreword)
96 Annie Leibovitz (who inspired me to be a photographer)
98 MC Hammer (who inspired me to wear parachute pants)
100 J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter author)
Wait a second… I’m on a list alongside Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela and Bono?!?!? (Not to mention the delicious Academy Award Winner Natalie Portman.)
Best day ever. Thanks, GenJuice!
PS: I think my consulting fees just went up at least $0.03 per day.
… Oh by the way, did I mention I have a book coming out just in time for my spring European tour? You can pre-order it now and everything. I know, crazy: