I remember my first day as an Intern in Governor Granholm’s office. People kept asking me if I knew a gentleman by the name of Lindsay Huddleston. Time after time this question was asked, and to no avail my answer remained ‘no’. I thought to myself, “Why do people keep asking me this?” So I finally asked someone who he was. They simply replied, “You should just get to know him.”
I eventually got a chance to meet Mr. Lindsay Huddleston, and guess what! He was a young black male who had once been in my shoes as an intern. The professional/mentoring relationship I was able to develop with Lindsay has opened up many doors for me. That’s what mentoring is all about.
In my first post, I mentioned that I was a product of ‘the mentoring experience’. Mentoring, in my opinion, is indispensible in the development of any person, at any age, and at any stage of their lives. And I won’t hesitate to tell you, in 20 different languages if I could speak them, that if you are an adult who works hard at your business or whatever it is that you do, but you are not mentoring a child, teaching your vision or your way of success, then you may be missing an opportunity to truly change the world. Yes, I said it; YOU can change the world and play in intricate role in the success of someone within your reach.
As much as I love to listen to music, and I’m sure you do too – true success will not come through a set of speakers or an iPod. It won’t come by way of a video game or a TV screen either. It will come from you – from you mentoring someone, just as Lindsay mentored me. God has placed success and greatness inside each and every one of us; we just have to give birth to it. And as adults, sometimes youth need us to help them give birth to their greatness.
I learned some time ago that people aren’t remembered for what they receive, but for what they give. You can acquire many awards and certificates and plaques and many other things throughout your life.
But I guarantee you this…you will never be remembered for what you’ve received, but you will be remembered for what you’ve given.