Shaun Haney recently had a conversation with someone who he would consider a mentor, that was challenging but also a two-way experience. The hour-long discussion on how to make agriculture better left him feeling recharged and ready to take on the day.

On this RealAg LIVE! we’ve got a special “freestyle Friday” where Shaun has an interactive chat with the audience (no rapping), mixed with clips on his topic for today: having a mentorship or role model relationship — and the differences between the two.

RealAg LIVE! streams every weekday at 3 pm E on Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter!


  • We don’t like “death by powerpoint” here, audience interaction keeps us going!
  • The first clip is “severely embarrassing” according to Shaun, but it’s an oldie from about seven years ago: How do you find a great mentor?
  • One of the benefits of farm conferences, meetings, or trade shows is the impromptu networking and bouncing ideas off each other
  • Connecting with people from different geographies
  • Having a mentor versus a role model, what’s the difference between the two? Deb Stark talks about it in this episode of Mind Your Farm Business
  • Role models are more of a one-way relationship; maybe they’re a CEO, a celebrity, or a speaker
  • A mentor is somebody that you have much more interaction with, learning from each other, can ask each other questions
  • Does a mentor/mentee relationship have to be official?
  • Role model gives one direction, mentor helps you take the steps to get there and keeps you on track
  • “I’d like you to be my mentor, here’s why,” it’s a formal relationship, and there should be goals
  • Frequency of meeting up, does it really matter? Having a plan is more important in Stark’s opinion
  • It’s hard to help a person, if they haven’t done their homework and don’t know what they’re working towards
  • Sometimes it’s the attitude you take towards mentoring, sometimes you have to bury your pride, cause hey if pro hockey coaches utilize a mentor relationship, you could too

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