Have you ever had a mentor? What was the greatest lesson you learned from him or her?
In the early years of my childhood, I did not have a mentor, I did whatever pleased me, i.e. ‘study less, play more.’
It displeased my older sister, that I was so carefree. I was told I’d be a failure, no education, no friends. It just did not bother me.
I studied enough to go up the ladder, it was what I wanted, work less and get more was my motto. To my surprise I wasn’t deprived of education as my sister predicted. My younger brother is the only one who said: “Ranu, you’ll do very well if you study a tiny bit more.”
I smiled and replied: “what you want me to sacrifice my play time for studying?”
When I reached my final ladder, I put some thought into what I wanted in life: I heard a soft whisper from my inner self, “become a teacher.”
It sounded terrific, then I thought it was worth giving up my playtime for doing well at that stage.
Although no one mentored me, my profs. gave me a nod every time I passed them by, meaning you are doing well, keep working.
I completed my education, ready with all the papers to apply for a teaching position. I was successful. I taught lower grades, I adored the kids I taught , they loved me. What more could I want, it was enough to carry on.
Right now I’m doing online courses and enjoying it. I work hard the laid back person has disappeared. I have two good friends who encourage me in my work, can I call them my mentors?