“A single conversation with a wise men is better than ten years of study”
We have all asked a stranger for directions, often without hesitation, but often we hesitate to ask those we know, respect and admire for a bit of advice to advance our life, career and profession. My mentor, Bob, “Pops” Spencer 1913-1991, was always available when I called or stopped by his home for a cup of coffee.
One of the best lessons he shared with me is that “Listening” is paramount to “Learning”. He had a great gift to make me really think of my question, and the path and consequences of the answer once achieved.
We all have room in our lives for mentors. Each first year class of Institute attendees might, or might not have a mentor, but the topic can be blended in almost any topic offered that would benefit Chambers and Association Leaders.
A mentor is defined as a “wise and trusted counselor.” Once you consider how his or her lessons of wisdom, experience and success can benefit your growth as a leader, the next move is yours. That is for you to ask that person in a sincere and respectful way. You will also discover that you will add value to their lives, as a result of this mutual and beneficial relationship.
Mentoring has influenced all of us during our life’s journey. Often it is masked in a conversation, a suggestion or a casual bit of advice.
In conclusion, having a mentor, or being a mentor is not a requirement of life, just one of the options of life that are readily available by those who choose.
“The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live” (Flora Whittemore)