Because, maybe sometimes we forget…
If you’re in a position mentoring children whether it be as a teacher, coach, club advisor or scout leader, you must never lose sight of one very important fact-
Your primary duty is to serve the youth you have been entrusted with.
Your mission is incredibly important to those you lead and YOU have a huge responsibility to EACH and every one of them.
As a role model and mentor, your diligent attentiveness to their individuality, your own attitude and personal advisement or lack thereof, could make or break a child’s day, season or school year.
To you, your role may simply be means to a paycheck or perhaps something you were coerced into.
To them, this particular activity may be an important milestone that gets etched into their memory bank forever.
The movie Rudy could have had an entirely different ending or never even been a story at all.
These are important moments.
If you think for one second, this mission is about YOU, your teams record, accomplishments, awards or public image, not only are you dead wrong, you are a liability to the spirit of youth and clearly in the wrong business.
Never lose sight of how powerful your influence can be in someone else’s life.
Use your position… wisely.
Pass it on.
2 thoughts on “Mentoring- it’s not about YOU”
As a music teacher, I see other teachers often worried about their reputation when a students fails or has a horrible stage experience. They just don’t get it. You get it. I will pass this on!
Thank you for that. You totally get it. 🙂