Mentors are a very important part of our life and help us to shape the individuals we will be or are, now. It is most likely in your life you have had a mentor in the past. This can be anyone; a big brother or sister, a Minister, a Leader or Role Model in your career or life. Mentors play a role in helping us establish our own identities. Mentors can: 1) help us see new perspectives and direction 2) lead us from temptation away from doing the wrong thing. Before I write more about mentors, let us look at the definition from our Webster Dictionary and the daily wisdom words definition.
Webster Definition of Mentors-1. An experienced and trained advisor; 2. an experienced person in a company, college, or school who trains and counsels employees
Daily Wisdom Words Definition-1. Someone who guides us in our choices, personal and professional
Mentors tend to mean something to us years after they were a part of our life. I still remember my first mentor when I was just graduating high school leading me to attend college in a different part of the state I grew up in. It so happened, I got in with a popular crowd, the last two years of high school. I truly loved being popular due mostly to the crowd I now spent my time with. The problem was, this crowd wasn’t a good influence on me and liked to party. Until I became a part of this crowd, I was a very good girl. My grades began slipping from straight A’s to B’s and C’s as I now spent my free time with this crowd, rather than studying.
A friend of our family who I respected greatly pulled me aside one day and asked me what I wanted out of my life. I said, “I want to be a successful person working in some capacity with others.” He then shared the changes in me he had observed over the last few years and they were not positive. I think it woke me up and showed me back to the road I had come from before being popular, the days following high school graduation. I knew I did not have the strength to turn away from these friends. I went to him for advice with my dilemma. He suggested distancing myself physically by attending a college a measurable distance away from home.
Ultimately, this turned out to be the best possible direction for me. I found myself flourishing socially on my own, and did very well in school. Mentors can change your life. Remember if you are someone younger reading this post my story I shared. There is a reason someone older we look up to can make a significant impression on us: we like them and sense their wisdom and sincere guidance.
Thanks so much for reading about mentors today. Have a beautiful and blessed day! Samantha/DWW