Where do you find value in mentoring others?

When I was doing my executive MBA the average age was 38, so there were people who had been in industry for anywhere between 10 to 30 years. It was a mature set of executives some of whom have some amazing life stories and professional achievements. I was informally mentoring one of my classmates and said, "Have you done the reflection from this article?" He thought about it and two weeks later he had written this paper. He thought about how he wants to be remembered after his death, and wrote down his goals, and to this day he sticks to it. That's a dream mentee. I'm not wholly responsible for how successful he is—he's now in the C-suite —I'm only a small part of it. But the joy I get from seeing somebody who's hungry to improve themselves, and acts on it, then produces outstanding result is is awesome. And seeing them progress to where they want to be is the cherry on top. Being a mentor has to be a completely selfless act because you're giving up your time essentially for nothing. You're not being compensated in any way, it's about finding personal fulfillment.

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When I was doing my executive MBA the average age was 38, so there were people who had been in industry for anywhere between 10 to 30 years. It was a mature set of executives some of whom have some amazing life stories and professional achievements. I was informally mentoring one of my classmates and said, "Have you done the reflection from this article?" He thought about it and two weeks later he had written this paper. He thought about how he wants to be remembered after his death, and wrote down his goals, and to this day he sticks to it. That's a dream mentee. I'm not wholly responsible for how successful he is—he's now in the C-suite —I'm only a small part of it. But the joy I get from seeing somebody who's hungry to improve themselves, and acts on it, then produces outstanding result is is awesome. And seeing them progress to where they want to be is the cherry on top. Being a mentor has to be a completely selfless act because you're giving up your time essentially for nothing. You're not being compensated in any way, it's about finding personal fulfillment.
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