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  • At work a young man who has joined my team for six months. I say my team: my team is me.
    He is going to spend the next half a year working on something that I planned, so that he can learn and so that the work gets done without me having to find the time to do it.
    This is great.
    Of course it's great; I never dreamed that this work would get done and I think it could make a real difference.

    But...

    I have to teach this young man. I'll be teaching him even when I'm not conscious that I'm doing it.
    What if I teach him my cynicism and my corner cutting and my bad habits?
    Some of my cynicism, corner cutting and bad habits aren't as bad as they sound, but I know that because I earned them - surely he should get that chance as well?
    I'm worried I'll give him the wrong impression or put him off. I'm worried he might be reading material on the wrong websites. I'm starting to think this is what parenthood might feel like.
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