The Mentor Project: Mentor Others

December 30, 2017

The MENTOR Project

  • Did you know that Stanford research shows that as we age we become happier?  

  • Did you know that those who give back in midlife and beyond are physically and emotionally healthier?

  • Did you know that mentoring others makes us feel more connected, valued, and fulfilled? 

Similar to physical health, emotional health doesn’t just happen.  We need to exercise our emotions the same way we exercise our bodies.  

How can we exercise our emotions?  

One way is through Generativity: caring for others without expecting anything in return.  This is easier than it sounds and can be achieved in three ways.

  • Volunteering

  • Philanthropy

  • Mentorship

Fortunately, we don’t need to do all three. 

 

I’m going to focus on Mentoring.  Here is what you need to know about Mentoring.  You may even be doing this now, and you didn't even realize it!

 

Important information to know:

  • Mentoring doesn’t cost a thing, and virtually anyone can mentor.  

  • You choose who you want to mentor - here are some examples.  

A junior employee

A grandchild

A person wishing to learn a skill (e.g., sports, creative, business)

Students

Colleagues who need your skills to advance an idea

 

Do you have values, culture, or ideas you want to pass on?  A side benefit of mentoring is that you are leaving a legacy.  A legacy of your choosing.  You get to decide what you want to pass on, and who you want to pass it on to.  

 

You’ll find compelling stories of individuals who mentor others.  The benefits they receive from giving back to others is as great and many times greater than that of the mentee.  The individuals presented come from a variety of backgrounds and their experiences are varied.  So, scroll through the videos and written stories of the successful mentors who part of The Mentor Project.  

 

If you have a story to tell about how you’ve mentored someone, please share it with us!

 

 

 

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The Mentor Project documents the role of mentoring and its powerful impact not only on the mentees but the mentor. During my research what I discovered was astonishing. After nearly45 in-depth interviews all the participants unanimously said being a mentor changed their life. It is now my mission to let others know the value and benefits mentors receive from giving back."

Deborah Heiser