The Value of Mentoring

I was reminded this morning of the value of mentors. I have been fortunate enough to have some fantastic mentors in my life. Bob Plumb and Dan Nixon taught me what it is to lead people; Mark Victor Hansen was the first to show me how the world works and some amazing friends have taught me what it means to be human. There are many individuals who have made special contributions to making me who I am and I sincerely thank them all.

None of us know much about this world when we start out and learning from others is the best way I know to figure it out. Leaders all show us how things work. By definition, that is what leaders do. But we are truly blessed when one of these great souls takes a special interest in us and has the patience to invest the time to teach us what they know. Sometimes the really good ones don’t even realize they are doing it. Giving their knowledge to others is just an inherent part of their being. Whenever you find yourself in this fortunate situation, be quiet and listen. You may be amazed at what you learn.

If you have been well mentored in your life, this special gift carries with it a great responsibility. We must pass this gift on to others. So, whenever you find a keen mind willing to be taught, remember what was given to you and take the time to help someone else develop into the best person they are capable of becoming. Those who have done this uncover an amazing secret. You see the truly blessed person in any healthy mentoring relationship is the mentor not the student. Receiving knowledge is a wonderful thing but it is not nearly as rewarding as passing it on.

So to Susan who unconsciously reminded me of my mentoring responsibility this morning, thank you.