Most of us can think of people in our lives, with more experience than ourselves who have supplied information, offered advice, presented a challenge, initiated friendship, or simply expressed an interest in our development as a person. If we think long enough most of us must admit we have had mentors even though we may not have called it 'mentoring' at the time. Very often our first mentor was our parents or other relative who taught and demonstrated for us some essential knowledge or understanding that we needed.
The term "mentor" has its origin in Homer's Odyssey when a man named Mentor was entrusted with the education of the son of Odysseus. In modern times, mentoring is associated with a variety of activities including teaching, counseling, sponsoring, role modeling, job shadowing, academic and career guidance, and networking. Mentors can be helpful in just about any areas of your personal development. However, this is especially true when it comes to...
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