A Letter To My Mentor
I’ve been thinking a lot, lately, about our time together – the good and the bad – and today I felt like writing something about you…
Something to thank you, for all that you have done for me. You have made a huge impact on me. Not only as a professional in the industry, but as a person too. That may truly be the impact of a mentor – when he can influence you to change your life positively.
When the path looks tough, you help me look at it through a simpler lens. Through working together, I have become more open minded to new ideas and possibilities. This has opened new doors of learning and opportunity for me. I think the magic really lies in giving me space to grow on my own. By guiding me but never instructing.
When things get rough, is when a mentor’s merit really shows. That one instance where we worked very hard on a project but did not succeed as we wanted to, I was disheartened. But you gave me perspective. You put forth rational ideas on what went wrong, taking emotion out of business. It is in moments like these that true learning takes place. I have read numerous self-help books but nothing has helped me develop confidence in the manner you have taught me.
In the same instance what I considered failure, you showed me the success and my areas of improvement. Not only did that make me feel optimistic but also filled with learnings for future endeavors. You know how to make your team feel better with such rationale and grace!
This is to you, Vineet Sethi, my mentor – the epitome of a leader and guide. Though you are my mentor, I look up to you as a role model, and a friend I can trust.
Thank you, dear mentor, for the knowledge that you pass on. It is because of you I am able to take up many a challenges everyday, and become a better version of myself every day.
Mentors can change our lives in such simple ways. But the transformation is paradigm. Some people are lucky to find the mentor that understand them and is able to guide them one a path of true potential. Do share stories of your mentors in the comments too.