What is a mentor?
According to the Online Etymology Dictionary…
wise advisor,” 1750, from Greek Mentor, friend of Odysseus and adviser of Telemachus (but often actually Athene in disguise) in the “Odyssey,” perhaps ultimately meaning “adviser,” because the name appears to be an agent noun of mentos ”intent, purpose, spirit, passion” from PIE *mon-eyo- (cf. Sanskrit man-tar- ”one who thinks,” Latin mon-i-tor ”one who admonishes”), causative form of root *men- ”to think” (see mind (n.)).
These days, it more simply describes someone that imparts wisdom and shares knowledge, a wise and trusted counselor or teacher, an influential support.
Michael Jordan mentored Kobe Bryant.
Ray Charles mentored Quincy Jones.
Isaac Asimov mentored Gene Roddenberry.
Yoda mentored Luke Skywalker.
Socrates mentored Plato.
Maya Angelou mentored Oprah Winfrey.
Drew Bledsoe mentored Tom Brady.
Dumbledore mentored Harry Potter.
Don Henley mentored Cheryl Crow.
Morpheus mentored Neo.
Mister Miyagi mentored the Karate Kid.
Benjamin Graham mentored Warren Buffett.
Andrew Carnegie mentored Charles Schwab.
Dr. Benjamin E. Mays mentored Dr. Martin Luther King.
Ralph Waldo Emerson mentored Henry David Thoreau.
Anne Sullivan mentored Helen Keller.
Harvey Penick mentored Ben Crenshaw.
Woody Guthrie mentored Bob Dylan.
Sidney Poitier mentored Denzel Washington.
Professor Dumbledore mentored Harry Potter.
Cal Ripken, Sr. mentored Cal Ripken, Jr.
Merlin mentored King Arthur.
Mark O’Meara mentored Tiger Woods.
Jerry Garcia mentored Carlos Santana.
Phil Jackson mentored Michael Jordan.
Or are you somehow different than those that seek and receive help?
Looking for a mentor? Here are some tips:
And thanks to these folks for helping me pull together this list!