By Megan Hebenstreit, CWCC Member
Maya Angelou once said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” In business we will all eventually forget our highs and lows, and the thousands of people we’ve encountered along the way. We will however remember those that built us up, and helped mold us into something greater, or possibly even changed the course of our lives.
The concept of mentoring is simple. Mentoring is typically a transfer of knowledge relating to work, career, or personal development in an informal or formal relationship. Sure, we mentor our children daily, training them to be the best they can be. As managers, or business owners we are hopefully mentoring our employees to continually hone their skills. We can all try to reach into our hearts and souls and pour out a little bit more into others as well. Winston Churchill was quoted as saying, “We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.” The more we can give of ourselves to others, ultimately, the more fulfilled we will be. The mentoring relationship is about giving what comes naturally to us to someone else. If you are a gifted accountant, try to pass on some business savvy and math skills to a struggling student. If you are a born salesperson, show the wayward newbie how to sell with a humble spirit. Mentoring doesn’t require a membership fee, or a minimum number of hours a week. We can mentor the youth at our local church, our kids’ friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc. We are all capable of sharing our talents with others.
I mentored junior high and high school girls while I was going to college. I played tennis with the girls, went to Starbucks, got frozen yogurt, and went to the movies. I know the girls and I enjoyed the time we spent together over the course of three years. I’ve since moved 1,000 miles away, but Sam, Michelle, and Kayleigh are still Facebook friends. The simple memories and bond we formed over each outing will last far beyond the course of our mentoring relationship.
If you are interested in becoming a formal mentor, the Denver Metro area has some great organizations: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado Inc., and Save Our Youth Mentoring Project. According to Save Our Youth statistics, over 73% of mentees believe their mentor has made a significant difference in their life. Share your gifts by becoming a mentor and having an unforgettable impact on a life today!
Megan Hebenstreit, Sales and Marketing Representative SERVPRO
3h2o Inc., dba SERVPRO of Denver East, Englewood/East Littleton, Highlands Ranch/NW Douglas County has been serving the Denver Metro area for over 25 years. Gary & Terri Mayfield started SERVPRO of Denver East out of their home, and ran the business without any additional employees for a few years. Terri worked as a technician until she was six months pregnant with their first child! Terri is the majority owner of 3h2o Inc. as well as the Vice President of the company. After 25 years Gary still goes out on fire and water jobs to meet the home or business owners. The Mayfields greatly enjoy helping people regain normalcy after a loss.
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