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mirror.jpgA Mentor is one who holds up a Mirror for Reflection. What is reflected is the life of the protégé, not the brilliance of the mentor. There is no greater mistake than to mold others into one’s own image. The mentor’s job is not to shape, but to facilitate the discovery process. Wisdom is not imposed, it is portrayed. Character is not taught, it is provoked and inspired. He doesn’t teach a person skills, but shows a person a life. It’s a misconception that a mentor’s task is to do something for another person by teaching, correcting, or otherwise giving something the mentor possesses, something the protégé lacks. That’s Coaching. Mentoring is more “how can I help you” rather than “what should I teach you.” Its not something the mentor does, but helping the protégé to do something. Successful mentoring is not determined by what a mentor does, but by the responsive of the protégé to the image he sees as the mentor holds the protégé’s life up for personal reflection. Responsibility and initiative for growth lies in the reponsiveness of the protégé, not the mentor’s.


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