I thought I would share this since I really like what John C. Maxwell talks about Mentorship in his book ‘The 15 Invaluable Laws Of Growth’.
” If the person who offers to mentor you, doesn’t really support you and offer you friendship, then the relationship will always fall short of your expectations. Knowledge without support is sterile. Advice without friendship feels cold. Candor (a person who is honest) without care is harsh.
Kevin Halls book “Aspire”
The word derives from the horse-drawn coaches that were developed in the town of Kocs during the 15th century.
The vehicles were originally used to transport royalty, but in time they also carried valuables, mail, and common passengers.
As Kevin remarks, “A ‘coach’ remains something, or someone, who carries a valued person from where they are to where they want to be.”
So if you had a coach, you knew you would end up at your desired destination.
“In a piece called, “A Coach By Any Other Name,” Kevin goes on to describe what it means to be a coach. He writes, In other cultures and languages, coaches are known by many different names and titles.
In Japan, a “sensei” is one who has gone farther down the path.
In martial arts, it is the designation for master.
In Sanskrit, a “guru” is one with great knowledge and wisdom. “Gu” means darkness, and “ru” means light—a guru takes someone from darkness into the light.
In Tibet, a “lama” is one with spirituality and authority to teach. In Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama is the highest-ranking teacher.
In Italy, a “maestro” is a master teacher of music. It is short for “maestro de cappella,” meaning master of the chapel.
In France, a “tutor” is a private teacher. The term dates to the fourteenth century and refers to one who served as a watchman.
In England, a “guide” is one who knows and shows the way. It denotes the ability to see and point out the better course.
In Greece, a “mentor” is a wise and trusted advisor.
In The Odyssey, Homer’s Mentor was a protective and supportive counselor.
All these words describe the same role: one who goes before and shows the way.
(The 15 Invaluable Laws Of Growth -John C. Maxwell
Chapter 13: The law of modeling)