How Mentoring Changed My Life Essay

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TIM SCOTT - How Mentoring Changed My Life January 4, 2010 Growing up in a single-parent home left me a bit disillusioned about life. My parents divorced when I was around the age of 7. By the time I entered high school, I was completely off track. My mother was working hard, trying to help me to realize that there was a brighter future, but I really couldn’t see it. So by the time I entered the ninth grade, I was flunking out of high school. I failed world geography, civics, Spanish and English. When you fail Spanish and English, they do not consider you bilingual. They consider you bi-ignorant because you can’t speak in any language. And that’s where I found myself. I found myself in a position where I felt like the future was nonexistent. The only way I could find my way out of poverty was through…show more content…
Perhaps more so. As I venture through life, business and politics, what I realize is that our greatest future is somehow connected to the folks who mentor us, who engage us in conversations that are in our enlightened best interest, but the manifestation of which might not occur for decades. I’d like to encourage all mentors to not only be a mentor but to know that the difference they are making may not actually manifest itself for a decade or two. In my life, not only did John Moniz transform my thinking, but he changed my life. Many of the lessons he taught me never manifested themselves until after he sadly passed away. He will never know how thankful I am that he never gave up on me; that he was wise enough to know that growth takes time, especially for a teenager. He didn’t need to do what he did. He didn’t need to feed me sandwiches or words. But he took the time to change the life of a youngster who had the good fortune to work close by. From:
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