A mentor can help you succeed by showing you the right path & help you eliminate the wrong ones. Their experience provides value to you, and helps you make the right decisions. They also help you connect to the right people who can help you along the way you have chosen.
Most successful people attribute their achievements to their mentors. Having said this, here are mentor-mentee duos who are/were both exceptional in their individual pursuits.
Steve Jobs mentored Mark Zuckerberg
Steve Jobs, the man behind Apple, was one of Mark Zuckerberg’s important mentors.
During a rough path that Zuckerberg was going through, Jobs advised him to visit India to reconnect with what he considered was the mission of Facebook. Jobs gave Zuckerberg this advice based on his personal experience back in the early days of Apple.
Jobs also showed admiration for Zuckerberg and for Facebook. He considered Facebook to be the dominant social network.
Maya Angelou mentored Oprah Winfrey
Maya Angelou, well-known for her poems & a civil rights activist, mentored the highly successful Oprah Winfrey.
“I’ve been blessed to have Maya Angelou as my mentor, mother/sister, and friend since my 20’s,” Winfrey said following news of Angelou’s death in 2014. “She was there for me always, guiding me through some of the most important years of my life. The world knows her as a poet but at the heart of her, she was a teacher. ‘When you learn, teach. When you get, give’ is one of my best lessons from her.”
Warren Buffett mentored Bill Gates
Warren Buffett, the most successful investor and one of the richest people in the world, mentored Bill Gates, who co-founded Microsoft and is a philanthropist.
During an interview with CBC, Gates credited Buffett for teaching him how to deal with tough situations and how to think long-term. Gates also greatly admires Buffett’s “desire to teach things that are complex and put them in a simple form, so that people can understand and get the benefit of all his experience.”
Buffett is empowered by Gates too. “What I really most admire about Bill is the view he has about what he should do with the wealth he's accumulated…he knows he’s a beneficiary of a terrific society.”
Mahatma Gandhi mentored Martin Luther King, Jr. & Nelson Mandela
Role models & people that influence our beliefs and actions can also be classified as role models. As is in this case, where Mahatma Gandhi, the leader of the Indian independence movement, influenced two great leaders of their own time.
King Jr. said this of Gandhi, amongst many other things.
Gandhi was probably the first person in history to lift the love ethic of Jesus above mere interaction between individuals to a powerful and effective social force on a large scale. Love for Gandhi was a potent instrument for social and collective transformation. It was in this Gandhian emphasis on love and nonviolence that I discovered the method for social reform that I had been seeking for so many months.
Who is your favorite mentor-mentee duo? Let us know in the comments!
Source: 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5.
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