Mentor actually means “wise advisor” and originates from the Greek story “Homer’s Odyssey” about Mentor, friend of Odysseus and adviser of Telemachus. Whilst Odysseus, king of Ithaca, fights in the Trojan War he entrusts Mentor with the responsibility of taking care of his household which involves overseeing it and teaching of his son Telemachus.
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The meaning of the word “Mentor” has evolved to mean trusted advisor, wise person, or teacher. Richard Branson has long encouraged mentorship as a tool for helping to develop entrepreneurs. Examples of mentoring relationships from history include:
• Plato was mentored by Socrates
• Thomas Jefferson was mentored by George Wythe
• Warren Buffet was mentored by Benjamin Graham
• Marc Benioff was mentored by Steve Jobs
• Marissa Myers is mentored by Larry Page and others
Mentoring is a rudimentary form of human development in which one person invests time, energy and personal know-how in supporting the growth and abilities of another person.
Everyone of us has a birth right to realize our potential. Mentors through their endeavours and work help entrepreneurs to move towards that realisation.
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God did not create you to be alone. He deposited skills, knowledge, and talents in someone out there who is expected to mentor you, teach you and encourage you to go high. Go, get a mentor!
I have, I think, eight mentors. It’s crazy, but I need them. They are all really important to me. They keep me grounded and advise me.
I am my own mentor. I like to listen to myself to improve.
In every role that I do – whether I’m a teacher, actor or mentor – I do it with total dedication and as much honesty as I feel is required because there’s no alternative to honesty and hard work.
Most of my job and most of what I do is to mentor people. There are a lot of people I work with that I don’t have investments in.
To be a mentor for up-and-coming artists is right up my alley.
I considered Nat King Cole to be a friend and, in many ways, a mentor. He always had words of profound advice.
Mentors are not there to make us ‘happy’. They are there to guide us to the best of their knowledge.
My mentors in life are much older than me and have been through life. They can actually give me some sound advice on what I’m going through.
For years, I looked to Bruce Lee as a mentor as being a Chinese and Asian man living in this country.
I didn’t go to university or get a degree, but I hired somebody as a mentor – and that I considered my university education.
I had some great mentors as I was coming up and starting to sing so early – I’ve been singing since I was four. I had people telling me how to preserve myself.
I think that even though my father wasn’t there, in his death and in his memory, he has been a mentor to me in my manhood because my mom couldn’t teach me how to be a man.
My mistakes have been my greatest mentors.
I feel like I’ve done a pretty good job of scaling because I got some great mentors along the way that helped me realize I just have to build a phenomenal team around me that makes my job a lot easier.
Mentors have a way of seeing more of our faults that we would like. It’s the only way we grow.
I always wish I’d had more mentors, better mentors, wiser mentors, people who were proper professional working musicians to guide me as I was coming up.
I take mentoring very seriously and I am on the board of an organization called Girls Write Now, where we match teen girls and writing mentors because it changes their lives.
The mentors in my life, inspired me to fulfill my highest potential.
I think you need to have a very strong angel community that is committed to mentoring up-and-coming entrepreneurs.
You need mentors, people with that desire to support women and the vision to have more. We have that in Anglo American in a big way.
I remember the mentoring experiences of some teachers that I had, like a second term home room teacher in public school that really was very helpful to me.
I claim Dickens as a mentor. He’s my teacher. He’s one of my driving forces.
To be given the opportunity to help shape new artists’ careers and mentor them to see their dreams come to fruition is a task I welcome with open arms.
A mentor long departed told me that the greatest gift in political life, in any life, is to view yourself objectively, at arm’s length, to make an assessment of yourself. So whom do I rely on? I rely on myself.
My husband, a.k.a. Swede, and I both come from athletic backgrounds, so once we identified the goal – get book published – we attacked it. At any given time, I would have my writing out in 25 various forms – either contests, mentoring critiques, agent/publisher queries, etc.
Real mentoring is less of neither the candid smile nor the amicable friendship that exists between the mentor and the mentee and much more of the impacts. The indelible great footprints the mentor live on the mind of the mentee in a life changing way. How the mentor changes the mentee from ordinariness to extra-ordinariness; the seed of purposefulness that is planted and nurtured for great fruits; the payer from afar from the mentor to the mentee; and the great inspirations the mentee takes from the mentor to dare unrelentingly to face the storms regardless of how arduous the errand may be with or without the presence of the mentor.
Tramaine Hawkins has been a mentor, a confidante and an example of greatness. She has been through a lot in her life, and her career has spanned over 50 years. To me, that’s what you call a legend.
Eventually, all mentor-disciple relationships are meant to pull apart, usually sometime in the mid-30s. Those who hang on, eventually the mentor drops the disciple, and that’s no fun.
One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination.