9 Legends On The Power of Mentorship

By James Mills, Associate Partner & Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International

Every legend has had a mentor - without exception! In turn legends have also naturally become mentors themselves. There are many reasons for this and the quotes below will give you some inspiration as to what it means to be a mentor. Enjoy!

"In learning you will teach, in teaching you will learn."

- Phil Collins (Singer Songwriter) 

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"One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination...

The best way a mentor can prepare another leader is to expose him or her to other great people."

- John C. Maxwell (Author and Speaker) 

"A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself."

- Oprah Winfrey (Media Proprietor and Philanthropist)

"The more consistent a father can be or a mentor can be in the person's life and teach them principles of real solid manhood, character, integrity and leadership, the more consistent you can be in the person's life and teach them those things at a younger age, and then the better off they'll be."

- Allan Houston (Retired NBA Basketball Player) 

"The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves."

- Steven Spielberg (Hollywood Film Director) 

"I didn't go to university or get a degree, but I hired somebody as a mentor - and that I considered my university education."

- Chevy Stevens (Author)

"You can only mentor somebody if they want to be."

- Phil Ramone (Recording Engineer)

"I think a role model is a mentor - someone you see on a daily basis, and you learn from them."

- Denzel Washington (Hollywood Actor) 

"A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you."

- Bob Proctor (Author and Speaker)

If these quotes have given you a greater thirst to learn more about mentorship, then it would definitely be worth the time to check out these articles on the role that mentorship played in Ursula Burn's rise to the CEO of Xerox, how Steve Jobs found his mentor and why the Rock feels everyone should have a mentor.

If you could have any legend mentor you; who would you choose and why?

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To learn about how mentoring can help you in your life, speak to a Lighthouse Mentor here...

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