As a mentor, my primary role is to help my mentees become better versions of themselves. As much as I’d like to cure their problems, the reality is that I can’t. Neither should I too, for they should learn to take help and solve problems on their own and not become dependent on me (or anyone for that matter) for life’s inevitable challenges.
My mentees are still raw and therefore seek guidance. They make mistakes and sometimes, it is from reasons beyond their own wrongdoings. Although I care for them immensely, there are times when I have no option but to be stern in my approach. The reason is simple- life is hard and they need to embrace the hard truth from someone who genuinely wants to help them figure their way forward.
The driving philosophy that guides me in mentoring is a wonderful approach my friend taught me:
Make it fun. Be firm about your values. Make it fair for everyone involved.
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