1401 Charlestown Road
Phoenixville, PA 19460
800.432.8322 | 610.935.0450
1401 Charlestown Road | Phoenixville, PA 19460 | 610.935.0450
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“I have no excuses for not being good. If I’m not good, it’s my own fault.”
Most of us acquired a core set of values from our parents and relatives and those friends we were with early in our life. From our work ethic to our self-image, and from our perceptions of others to whether we are optimists or pessimists, the fingerprints of countless people are all over us.
Tim Elmore is one of my mentors, though he doesn’t know it. Five times a week he sends me (and many others) tips on life and leadership in a short email communiqué. I loved the one titled “What Can a Mentor Do for You?”
Tim said, “Along the way… I have tried to isolate exactly what made these mentors so valuable. I found a pattern. Each of them did something more than just encourage me.” Here are the five ways his mentors helped him:
One of the most important mentors in my life was Nathan Meyer, my father’s cousin. When I wasn’t sure what I should do, I asked him, “Should I or should I not go to college?” His advice to me, “The time you take to sharpen your tools is never wasted.” I wonder where I would be today had I not gone to college just then. Not only did I get an education, but that is also where I met Evie.
This may be a good day to make a list of all the formal and informal mentors we have had. They have indeed changed us forever.
Think about it.
Valley Forge Christian College is a private Christian College located in Chester County, Pennsylvania, 35 miles northwest of downtown Philadelphia. VFCC offers on its sprawling park-like campus, as well as online, undergraduate and graduate degrees in the Arts, the Sciences and the Professions. The college's mission is to prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world.