Oprah Winfrey said it best.
“For everyone of us that succeeds, it’s because there’s somebody there to show you the way out,” she said.
Let’s think about it. Do you remember the first person who pushed you just a little harder? You didn’t want to do it. You kicked. You screamed. Even though, your initial response was the same result. And then, you tried it. You gave that extra leap and everything changed.
That’s what it feels like to have a mentor. You will be pushed. You will be skeptical of the suggestions, but they will move you in the right direction.
January is National Mentoring Month, which is honestly one of my favorite months. I work for a youth development organization. The organization offers many unofficial mentoring opportunities to the youth and people in the community. In commemoration of this month, I compiled a list of ten mentoring quotes to move you.
“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
– Isaac Newton
“In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.”
– Phil Collins
“The mediocre leader tells. The good leader explains. The superior leader demonstrates. The great leader inspires.”
– Gary Patton
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
– Maya Angelou
“What I need is someone who will make me do what I can.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
“If you get, give, if you learn, teach.”
– Maya Angelou
“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”
– Booker T. Washington
“You can only mentor somebody if they want to be.”
– Phil Ramone
“What you want in a mentor is someone who truly cares for you and who will look after your interests and not just their own. When you do come across the right person to mentor you, start by showing them that the time they spend with you is worthwhile.”
– Vivek Wadhwa