Not sure if you know this, but someone’s following you.

Right now.

Don’t look around. They might not be in the same room as you. But they’re there.

They’re thinking about you, watching your social media posts, observing you in church, glancing at you across the office. Whether you know it or not, and whether they know it or not, you’re mentoring somebody.

As Jody Maberry so precisely put it this week, there are actually five different kinds of mentors. So maybe you perceive that your lack of social standing precludes you from being a Classic Mentor. Fair enough. But what if you’re someone else’s Shadow Mentor, or my personal favorite, their Anti-Mentor? (Cue new Super Villain theme music).

Not only do we need mentors personally (a post for another day, or just read Jody), but we need mentors so we can continue to mentor those we’re mentoring. Because the sub-humanoid life form in the high chair across from you is tracking your every move.

Mentor up. It could mean everything to the people who’re following in your footsteps.


Jody Maberry · 1 Nov ’14 at 3:33 pm

I like your perspective on this Christopher. Someone is always watching. Even if you do not have a leadership role, you have more experience than someone else at something, and they are watching. And thank you for sharing my podcast about finding a mentor.

    Christopher Hopper · 10 Nov ’14 at 2:01 pm

    Thanks, Jody. And thanks for your inspiration. Forgive the late reply here—been lost in vacation land.

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