The Over-Aggressive Mentor
I used to work with someone that I liked and respected. We became pretty good friends, getting coffee together and going to lunch occasionally. He had a few more years of experience than me and I enjoyed picking his brain for ideas every once in a while.
Once while we were talking shop, I told him that I considered him a mentor. It kind of went to his head. He apparently decided to take me under his wing and become my full-time mentor.
He would stop by my desk frequently and provide me with unsolicited advice. At least once a week I would receive emails with articles that he thought I might be interested in. He would then question me about the article perhaps to make sure I read it.
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