Mentoring One Way to Build a Legacy

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Mentoring One Way to Build a Legacy

“I do not know anyone who has gotten to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but it will get you pretty near.” Margaret Thatcher

Starting out on the first day of your new job can be nerve-racking. You’ll be excited by taking this first step on your new career path – but you would also be nervous about meeting new colleagues, learning office etiquette, speaking with customers for the first time, and learning your new role. When this job start involves a transition from your university lecture hall to your corporate office the pressure and nerves you feel is even greater.

“All great journeys start with a single step” the old saying goes. Starting your new career is no different. At the same time, another saying is also true “taking the first step is the hardest”. Getting through the first few weeks in a new job is tough, but in the long term can prove very rewarding.

This post is inspired by a young lady who has begun what I am sure will be a very rewarding, successful career in the marketing field, this week. She brings with her a passion and desire to be the best she can be, and from what I’ve seen so far she will go along way, and help make the difference to her clients, and organization, both with her enthusiasm, talents and communication skills.

In her early development I see myself as a mentor which can be defined as a trusted guide who has knowledge and experience in a certain field and is willing and able to share it, I enjoy helping a new mentee defined as a person who is in need of guidance and support and is willing to receive it. I see mentorship as a personal development relationship in which a more experienced person helps a less experienced person. Mentoring is a process for the transmission of knowledge and the provision of support.

“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

Mentoring is an incredibly motivating role. To be able to help others grow and develop is highly rewarding. I see the relationship as a dynamic win-win situation. Both individuals must be fulfilled in order for the relationship to be successful, and it is especially important the mentee be receptive to the ideas and suggestions given by the mentor, and the mentor being prepared to offer all they know.

By becoming a mentor, you can create a legacy that has a lasting impact on your mentee. Not only will you gain the satisfaction of helping to develop a new talent, the knowledge you foster in your mentee can inspire new ideas and the quality of work that you yourself would be proud of. In Emma’s case I see mentoring as a way of passing the baton to a younger, go getter, who can make me proud in what she achieves now and in the future.

We all affect others deeply; in my life I want to leave a significant and important mark on the world. I hope to achieve this through my children, my business, my blog and the people’s whose lives I touch.

To me my legacy is about building on who I am and designing my life to make a significant impact on everything that’s important to me. It’s about the impact I make on the lives of others.

It is not to late to start building your legacy. No matter what your story is to this point you can always add a new chapter. Today you can begin building a legacy that will last forever.

Maybe look for the opportunity where you can pass your knowledge and wisdom to another, so become a mentor

There are certain things that are fundamental to human fulfillment. The essence of these needs is captured in the phrase ‘to live, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy’. The need to live is our physical need for such things as food, clothing, shelter, economical well-being, health. The need to love is our social need to relate to other people, to belong, to love and to be loved. The need to learn is our mental need to develop and to grow. And the need to leave a legacy is our spiritual need to have a sense of meaning, purpose, personal congruence, and contribution” Stephen R. Covey

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About the author: Larry Lewis
My name is Larry Lewis, Health & Wellness Life Coach, Founder of Healthy Lifestyles Living, contributor to the Huffington Post, recently featured in the Sunday Mail Newspaper and somebody who went from being an owner of a chain of gyms and fitness fanatic, to a visually impaired overweight and incredibly sick person. Read about my illness to wellness story.
8 Comments
  1. Jessica Brant June 1, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Larry,
    Looks like you are walking the walk and talking the talk. I have made you my mentor… heheh
    xoxox
    Jess

    • LarryLewis June 2, 2011 at 2:34 pm

      Jessica B – thanks. While i talk the talk, can you please give me 50 press ups, and at the top of your voice count them out. Then while i walk you can jump on the treadmill and fly like a rocket, because i have to keep you fit to ensure your health so you keep on blogging

  2. Jessica Mokrzycki June 1, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Great post. I loved the quote that said: “A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.”
    I love coming here for practical tips and insights.

    • LarryLewis June 2, 2011 at 2:32 pm

      Jessica – by you visiting my blog you bring with you a heart full of faith, and that i’m sure reflects in me trying every day to bring words to help others.

  3. Alpana Jaiswal June 2, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    I have already accepted you as my mentor,no one could be better..and as far me being for anyone,I hope that will happen..I will consider myself blessed.

    • LarryLewis June 2, 2011 at 2:30 pm

      Aplana – i am blessed by my friendship with a lady who produces magic with words. We are all brought together at the right time, to help one another ride the storms on our way to our personal glory.

  4. jim June 2, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    In past years I supervised with many young people and the greatest joy was having them move on and become good at a particular job. Then to receive a letter or call telling me how much they learned while working with me. One of the better feelings in the world. You are so right that you can always start a new chapter. I have accomplish that about 3 times in my life as recently as a few years ago at the age of 60. I have been reading your site but this is the first time I commented. I enjoy your writing and attitude

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    • LarryLewis June 2, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      Jim – thank you so much for commenting. You are so right. I will never forget a young lad, who had been from foster home to foster home. His life was going no where, and he was beginning to spiral down hill. I took him under my wing, as a coach, fitness instructor and mentor. My role was completed 18 months ago, the day he completed his basic training and got his cap and cap badge. He was now a soldier. One year later he returned, to thank me for changing his life. He now felt part of a family, he owned his own car, had a career and a life. Big as I am, the tear dropped from my eye.

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