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Tribute to Mentors

I had a chat with my friend and former trainee. We talked about basic stuff— the weather, work, career path, plans in the future— and it was a pleasant conversation. One of the topics that came up was our common passion for teaching. Funny enough, she started out just like me— She completed a bachelors degree in accounting only to figure out that her interest is in educating, training and developing people. I got excited for her and shared my journey in training that made my life so meaningful. The job gave me opportunities to guide people in their approach to the job and to life. There are former trainees/students who still reach out to me and say that they appreciated what I did for them. No salary could match the feeling that you were able to influence people to be better. I shared how I got the opportunity to be observed by the VP of training of a Fortune 500 company based in the US. I shared how my previous team helped me work out my learning opportunities and develop my strengths. I shared how I am currently reporting and being mentored by a VP of Learning and Development of a global bank. I told her that getting the opportunity to be mentored by great people is priceless and that she must seek mentoring all the time. It’s true that seeking a mentor is very important. Even great leaders in the Bible had mentors. Moses is the first person that comes to my mind when I think about mentorship in the Bible. Moses had a father-in-law who was named Jethro. They had regular conversations and Jethro provided Moses with excellent advice. It was Jethro who taught Moses about the principle of delegation, Exodus 18:24-27 New International Version (NIV) 24 Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said. 25 He chose capable men from all Israel and made them leaders of the people, officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. 26 They served as judges for the people at all times. The difficult cases they brought to Moses, but the simple ones they decided themselves. 27 Then Moses sent his father-in-law on his way, and Jethro returned to his own country. Because Moses talked and listened to his mentor, he was able to accomplish his goals without burning himself out. I really thank God for my mentors. I had a lot of them and I appreciate every single one. You know who you guys are! I am willing to continue to work hard, develop myself and grow the seeds of excellence that you’ve planted within my spirit. May God bless you all in your heart endeavours! Proverbs 27:17 New International Version (NIV) 17  As iron sharpens iron,     so one person sharpens another.

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