The term "mentor" comes from The Odyssey. Odysseus asked his friend Mentor to help watch over his son Telemachus while Odysseus was away at the Trojan War. Twenty years later, the goddess of wisdom Athena disguises herself as Mentor to provide Telemachus crucial advice at the start of the epic story: to investigate what happened to his father.

Are you following the same example as a wise advice-giver? Mentoring is a way to pass on what you know, and it works both ways--finding someone who can teach you the ropes and then showing the ropes to someone else. Here's some inspiration to get you started or improve.

1."We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." Winston Churchill

2. "If I hadn't had mentors, I wouldn't be here today. I'm a product of great mentoring, great coaching... Coaches or mentors are very important. They could be anyone--your husband, other family members, or your boss." Indra Nooyi, the CEO of PepsiCo

3. "I think the greatest thing we give each other is encouragement...knowing that I'm talking to someone in this mentoring relationship who's interested in the big idea here is very, very important to me. I think if it were just about helping me get to the next step, it would be a heck of a lot less interesting." Anne Sweeney, President of Disney/ABC Television Group

4. "Search for role models you can look up to and people who take an interest in your career. But here's an important warning: you don't have to have mentors who look like you. Had I been waiting for a black, female Soviet specialist mentor, I would still be waiting. Most of my mentors have been old white men, because they were the ones who dominated my field." Condoleeza Rice

5. Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind." Samuel Taylor Coleridge

6. "Learning is finding out that you already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, and teachers." Richard Bach

7. "The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own." Benjamin Disraeli

8. "Self-esteem is a huge piece of my work. You have to believe it's possible and believe in yourself. Because after you've decided what you want, you have to believe it's possible, and possible for you, not just for other people. Then you need to seek out models, mentors, and coaches." Jack Canfield

9. "Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successfull personality and duplicate it." Bruce Lee

10. "Get away from these two types of people: the ones who think you can only go as far as the situation you were born into; and the ones who think you can only go as far as the current situation you are in." Dee Dee M. Scott

11. "With every deed you are sowing a seed, though the harvest you may not see." Ella Wheeler Wilcox

12. "If you cannot see where you are going, ask someone who has been there before." J Loren Norris

13. "Recognize the skills and traits you don't possess, and hire the people who have them." Warren Bennis, the mentor to Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks

14. "Surround yourself with people of integrity, and get out of their way." Bob Glavin, the CEO, Motorola, who was a mentor to Hector Ruiz, the CEO of AMD

15. "A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you." Bob Proctor

16. "My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better." Steve Jobs

17. "The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves." Steven Spielberg

18. "Small business, you can give them capital, but when they often need as much is mentoring, advice, and help with their business plan." Karen Mills

19. "What the tech industry often forgets is that with age comes wisdom. Older workers are usually better at following direction, mentoring, and leading." Vivek Wadhwa

20. "The mind is not a vessel that needs filling, but wood that needs igniting." Plutarch

21. "It doesn't matter if you're the smartest person in the room: If you're not someone who people want to be around, you won't get far. Likewise for helping those in line behind you. I take seriously my role as a mentor to young female filmmakers--I make sure my time is tithed." Melissa Rosenberg

22. "Leaders should influence others. In such a way that it builds people up, encourages and educates them so they can duplicate this attitude in others." Bob Goshen

Published on: Nov 8, 2014
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