On "Breaking Bad," Jesse has been yet another impressionable youth lured into ruin by a crazed mentor. Sure Jesse made a ton of money under the direction of his former chemistry teacher Walter White. But, if he survives the realization of what that has cost him and others (Brock, Mike), Jesse will long rage against the mentoring process.
In ghostwriting and speechwriting we also had madmen and a few madwomen take us under their claws. What drew us in included their talent, their understanding of how the system worked, and their contacts. I picked up my first mentor because he published articles in THE SPEECHWRITER'S NEWSLETTER. Or did he pick me up? Today, he probably regrets the match as much as I. Most mentoring relationships turn bitterly sour, on both sides. Remember how Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung came to hate each other?
My advice to Millennials in Executive Communications: Beware those eager to help you learn, get ahead, connect. Sure, some will be useful to your career. Most could constitute lifelong baggage for you to lug around.