I have been fortunate over the years to have had important mentors to help me transition into careers and new opportunities. I've often been neglectful in thanking them, however. Sometimes we don't even recognize what they have done for us until much later.
Oprah Winfrey has said that "A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself." Often a mentor will be sought - and should be sought - when one is at a crossroads professionally. A mentor supports a mentee honestly and encourages exploration and risk taking.
In my own work, I generously offer my time and knowledge to young professionals just starting off their careers. I encourage those who have been working in a field for many years and have acquired expertise to find opportunities to mentor those who will follow them.
The photo is of my son Lorenzo and other Peace Corps/Namibia volunteers at their Close of Service reception. He is in the animal print. In his 27 months in the country, he has had the chance to both mentor and be mentored by many.
Hope you are having a great fall!
David J. Smith
October 10, 2018
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Photo credit: Peace Corps Namibia