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In search of the right mentor

WS talks to top executive Lawrence J. Stupski

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Larry Stupski served as vice chairman of Charles Schwab & Co., a discount brokerage firm known for its innovative products and service. Now retired, Stupski is chairman of Jobs for California Graduates, a nonprofit mentoring program for disadvantaged youth. Stupski is living proof that it pays to find a wise, insightful guide to help you sharpen your skills and chart a successful career path.

WS: You’ve been involved in mentoring programs for a long time. Did you ever have a mentor early in your career?

My wife and I just had lunch with my mentor. I met him 27 years ago when I was just starting out. He was my boss at the time. In fact, he’s only three or four years older than me. He helped me set boundaries. He was always there to describe potential personal pitfalls and career insights.

WS: Can you give us an example of something he told you?

I’ll never forget when he said, “Stop complaining. Don’t do it t...(register to read more)

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