Day 31 – Mentoring

Mentor a young marketing professional.

I attribute much of my career success to a cadre of wise and compassionate people who served as my mentors.

They coached me. They believed in me. They helped me to reach my full potential. They cared about me and gave of themselves without expecting anything in return. I valued these mentoring relationships and often expressed appreciation. Time, though, has helped me to more deeply recognize the profound impact each mentor had upon me, my life and my career.

In gratitude for what others have done for me, I feel a social obligation to pay it forward. After all, part of my life mission is “to share unconditionally the abundance in my life.”

In recent years I have mentored three young professionals through a structured, six-month mentoring program. With an even broader definition of mentoring, I can count many more people whom I’ve mentored.

I will continue to help others, especially those who are eager to learn, who are curious about the world around them and who are committed to making a difference in the lives of others.

I will share of myself, expecting nothing in return. Yet, paradoxically, I’ve never found a mentoring relationship to be a one-way transaction. I have always received much more than I have ever given. I pick up new ideas, I experience a renewed flow of energy and, in a life of service to others, I am rejuvenated!

This idea was originally created as part of the Rejuvenation Project, a month-long challenge to find one actionable idea per day that could help me to 1) keep my batteries charged, 2) remain focused on career priorities and 3) rejuvenate the creative spirit.

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