The Art of Mentoring

by William A Takewell

“The highest purpose of art is to inspire. What else can you do? What else can you do for anyone but to inspire them?” –Bob Dylan

The past couple of weeks have had me thinking a great deal about mentoring. Not just how I can mentor as a new professional, but what I learned from my mentors—of which there are a few, and I hope they know who they are. In fact, last night as I was walking to my car after class with my roommate/cohort-mate, we got to talking about our mentors and how awesome they were and how they were the reason we were in our program. We collectively wondered how they got to be so awesome and how they had time to work with us and develop us—I immediately thought of mentoring as being this sort of art that some professionals are more capable of than others.

Then I came across this Ted Talk that does a great job of putting the “Art of Mentoring” into perspective and how it’s not always the easiest, most selfless thing we can do. We should actually be kind of selfish in regards to mentoring and seek out as many people as we can to mentor and be mentored by. Enjoy the talk!

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