We asked our followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin, and these were the inspiring responses! The most rewarding part of being someone’s mentor is:
• Seeing my mentees growing in leaps and bounds. It amazes me how a little act of guidance can unleash potential!
– Josephine Kamanthe
• Bringing people together based on the principles of respect for diversity, passion for making a change in people’s lives and desire to build an everlasting trustful relationship. The opportunity to contribute to the propagation of knowledge and expertise across generations. Being someone’s continuous reminder of the importance of persistence, optimism and strong will to face life challenges and make a change!
– Sukaina Al Nasrawi
• Mentoring is like sunlight that brightens your life and empowers you to open the door of the future in order to achieve your dreams.
– Maysoun Ibrahim
• I said it once and I repeat it now: it’s like harvesting gold!
– Hwayda Hemaid
• Helping nurture the best in my mentee in the most convincing, natural and constructively interactive way. Being a mentor makes me a lovelier and more attractive and competitive individual in what I plan to be.
– Laura Palletta Simiyu
• To see my mentee lifted up to become very successful and have a positive impact on other people’s lives.
– Peace Asukwo
• Knowing that you have a hand in empowering and inspiring someone, and passing them your knowledge and experience to make a difference.
– Soso Sweetie
It’s not too late to apply to be a Professional Mentor for TechWomen! We have extended the deadline to June 15th. Find out more about mentoring the next generation of Emerging Leaders from Africa and the Middle East!
“What is a teacher? I’ll tell you: it isn’t someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Witch of Portobello
Last year I received an unexpected email from a friend informing me that my mentor had passed away. I am still amazed at how I made it to the funeral home; it was difficult to drive with the rain and the tears. I sat in church prayed for the family and reflected on how precious life is.
My mentor decided to retire from the company where we both worked at, and my couple of attempts at getting in touch didn’t pan out. Before I knew it, three years had gone by since our last meeting. The whole week after his funeral I replayed our conversation from our last meeting. It was his last week and he was going to ride off into retirement sunset. I asked him for advice since the sun was setting on his career and I still had many moons left in mine. He told me “to find a bigger stage”. He said: “I had innate abilities and it was not getting realized at my current position”.
I miss him everyday. I wish I could tell him that even in death he inspired me. He gave me the push that I needed to discover what I already knew. He saw how strong, resilient, and resourceful I can be. He saw the entrepreneur in me and inspired me to give my best. I discovered what I already knew; I am a passionate educator and I can inspire those who have troubling seeing their innate abilities.
Being a mentor is a big responsibility as well as very interesting to light someone’s road , about me tell now I didn’t have my mentor but i hope to be a mentor for the girls of my university and boys that they are looking for guide to help them to start