Hi There! Welcome to Expressions of Gratitude. Every Wednesday for the past six weeks, I reflect on something that I am grateful for in my life. Thinking about all of my blessings is a great practice that helps me to be a better me.
Today I am grateful for one of my mentors and the opportunity to serve as a mentor. A mentor is defined as someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced and often younger person. Throughout my life, there have been many mentors. Each one has influenced my development in a different way.
There is something special about sharing your knowledge and experiences with others especially those who are younger than you. Sometimes it provides insight or can help avoid mistakes and pitfalls. Mentoring is rewarding for both the mentor and mentee.
A mentor can be described as someone who is:
1. Trusted Counselor/Coach – The mentee often discuss challenging topics in confidence with their mentor. Trust and ethical behavior are also at the core of the relationship.
2. Encouraging – A mentor encourages and supports the mentee in their endeavors.
3. Relatable – The mentee finds something in the mentor that they identify with or vice versa. The mentor and mentee relate to one another in some way.
My mentor while I was a graduate student at The Pennsylvania State University was Dr. Harold Cheatham. He encouraged me to pursue a doctorate when I had no intentions of doing so. He was my advisor, and Chair of my Dissertation Committee. Many students were the product of his mentorship and he made us all dig deep. Dr. Cheatham, affectionately known as Doc, had high expectations and was top rate on all accounts. He is a well-known author in academia, former Dean, and an expert in cross cultural counseling.
He would often begin our classes by randomly picking one of us to begin the class discussion. So we learned very quickly to be prepared. Many years after my graduation, I have sought his counsel on various professional opportunities and my concerns about taking time off to raise a family. He was and is a true mentor and I am so grateful that we crossed paths.
Do you have a mentor?
Are you mentoring someone?
Peace and Blessings,