It started when a former client I worked with a number of years ago was prompted by LinkedIn to “thank a mentor” and he mentioned me in a post. Then he called me the other day to let me know (because he didn’t hyperlink my name so I didn’t see it)
I never saw LinkedIn’s message about thanking mentors so I don’t know if it was just to grow conversation between folks on LinkedIn (probably) OR was it to thank anyone – living or not?
First of all, why have mentors?
They can help you get to where you want to be. They can champion you – put in a good word for you. Make a difference in your life. They can even become a great friend, but they don’t always.
A mentor may not even know they ARE a mentor of yours.
Letting your mentors know how much you have appreciated their input into your life can be as big for them as it is for you. Yea, really.
I went ahead and made my list. I could not just stop at one, or two, or three:
I thank all of you for what you’ve done for me personally and professionally. I am moved by your generosity in all cases. The world is a better place because of you.
This is just my MAIN list of mentors – keep on the lookout for my longer list. Who are the people in YOUR life who most influence YOU? Post in the comments or tweet about them at @scoremoresales. Share it with the world. Thanks for starting this, Andrew!
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