Gifted Aristotelian Mentoring

Famed Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle was a student of Plato (who in turn was the student of Socrates) is known as the father of western philosophy, inductive reasoning, and analysis. He was one the first noted thinkers to explore the world through scientific inquiry. His Peripatetic school focused on the application of reason and virtue to convert potentiality to actuality. He applied this school of thought in mentoring his own students.

Upon the death of Plato, Aristotle was asked by King Philip II of Macedon to take his world view and use it to tutor his son Alexander III. Philip was assassinated when Alexander was only 13 years old and was thrust into the position of king. Under Aristotle's tutelage, he became known as a a diplomatic genius and charismatic ruler. By the age of 32, Alexander would conquer and rule most of the known world - being forever remembered as Alexander the Great. Had he not died of illness at 32, who knows how much more of an impact he may have had on the ancient world.

The Aristotelian model of mentoring seeks to recreate the lessons taught by Aristotle to Alexander the Great to help young students realize their potential and unlock the best version of themselves possible.

This begins by emphasizing the four main virtues embraced by Aristotle: Prudence, Temperance, Courage, and Justice. Prudence means exercising wisdom and good judgment in one's actions through shrewdness and skills in managing one's own affairs.

Temperance refers to being able to avoid impulsive and rash behaviors by moderating and controlling one's own actions, thoughts, and feelings. In doing so, the student will be able to choose the course of action most likely to yield a successful outcome.

Courage means the inner strength to face ordeals and uncomfortable scenarios in the face of possible failure. Part of that involves being comfortable with the prospect of not always getting one's way and being able to pick up after failure and succeed despite initial setbacks.

The virtue of Justice means being able to make decisions and take actions that will result in fair and neutral results that will not alienate those that stand in opposition to one's beliefs. Part of that is understanding where disagreement comes from and the source of different beliefs. This way the student can be diplomatic and charismatic, attracting others to their own world view.