Since I believe every knife should be a sharp knife, I keep a good edge on the one I carry in my pocket. Whenever I sharpen it, I think of an analogy from the Proverbs: As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another (Psalm 22:17).
You can validate the truth of this analogy by walking down the aisle of your local grocery store. The shelves are stocked with many products that bear the Procter and Gamble name.
William Procter was a candle maker and James Gamble made soap. The two of them became in-laws when they married the Norris sisters. Through the encouragement of their father-in-law, they formed a partnership, and Procter and Gamble has been selling household products since 1837.
My HP computer is another good example. Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard were classmates in Stanford’s engineering program. When they graduated, Fred Terman, a professor at Standford, encouraged them to pursue their dreams, and they founded Hewlett and Packard in 1939.
Neither of these famous partnerships may have been formed had it not been for the guidance and encouragement of an acquaintance or mentor who helped to hone and fine tune their skills. With this in mind, let me share the razor-sharp wisdom of two men:
- John Maxwell: One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination.
- Isaac Newton: If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.
I encourage you to invest in the lives of others. Allow them to stand on your shoulders; pick your brain; lend a listening ear; nudge them in the right direction; and, help them to clarify their vision and pursue their dream.
Everybody needs somebody to help them along life’s journey. If there had been no Ben, would Jerry have ever made ice cream? The world of comedy would be different if Abbott had never met Costello. How would Calvin have survived childhood without Hobbes?
Where would you be if someone had not been the ME in Mentor for you? Make this year the year you make a difference in the life of another.
As we have opportunity, we must work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith. ~Galatians 6:10
Abbott & Costello Who’s on first skit.