Something like 25 years ago, I was involved in the selection process for my second in command, as IT (and so much more, everything tech, infrastructure) manager. I insisted on the young woman with no qualifications, who didn't play sport (don't even get me going on that) BECAUSE SHE ASKED THE RIGHT QUESTIONS. I saw someone who wanted to, and was capable of learning.

So I taught her computers, from Boolean algebra up. Because she wanted to learn. When I left the country, she took my job...

...after just 3 years (IIRC) I taught her everything I thought relevant, and she still went on. She came out to me (I'd already figured it) as one of the first people, and I felt so honoured. Called me the best boss ever (was her second, but appreciate the sentiment.)

Lost touch, after I migrated, as I did with pretty much everyone.

She just reacted to a LinkedIn post, now in a senior role in a major infrastructure company.

I feel so privileged to have been part of her journey.

Where am I going with this?

Believe in people who want to learn. ANY AGE.

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