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Maya Angelou’s View On Being A Mentor

Posted on Fri, Jan, 22, 2010

Maya Angelou is well known as a poet, best-selling author, educator, historian, actress and director.  She was introduced to books at a library of an African-American school which only contained a little over 100 books.  At that library, she came across poetry and instantly became intrigued and was able to translate it at the young age of 8 years old.  Being mentored throughout her whole life by different individuals, Maya Angelou has a very specific view on being a mentor.  She is quoted saying: “In order to be a mentor, and an effective one, one must care.  You must care.  You don't have to know how many square miles are in Idaho, you don't need to know what is the chemical makeup of chemistry, or of blood or water. Know what you know and care about the person, care about what you know and care about the person you're sharing with. So if you know how to change a tire and that's all, that's good. But teach them by showing, by caring that they know these things. Then that will be of use some day. And it may never be actually called out. I don't think I'll be called out to change a tire. But I know fundamentally how to change a tire, and if I physically can't do it, I may be able to attract some young person, and tell him how to take the lugs off...See? So a mentor helps the person to interpret the world.” 

As we can see, another great legend recognizes the benefits of mentoring.  When will you become a mentor?

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