Often people talk about mentors in a variety of ways--usually with a grateful attitude. We learn a lot from them and are often influenced by their abilities. As this is Inspirefly...I love looking at how people influence us. With the events at the Boston Marathon today, I am thinking about the mentors in the hospitals, the police force, and creepily enough I am thinking about the mentor that the "bomber" may or may not have had. (Yes I am using "bomber" in quotes because as of this post this nobody knows for sure anything about who is responsible.) How many of us are influenced by our mentor? Are we influenced because we choose to be or is it "forced" upon us?
I have been thinking a bit about the people that have influenced me....some people are considered mentors, and others have been considered just people that are around me. People that are around us, I think we have almost a subconscious decision to be influenced by them. People that are considered mentors--how they influence us is usually taken by choice because they are there to help us improve. But what happens when these mentors don't influence us in a way that will move us towards what we want? Or what happens when the "mentee" doesn't take the advice? It isn't always so simple.
So on this somber day, I wonder what mentors have been affected and what mentees were affected. We might not really ever know completely what happened today, but it is interesting to ponder the lives affected outside of the family/friends circle.
How have you been influenced by a mentor?