The Importance of Being a Mentor/Mentee
Edmond Young Professionals is presented by:
Being a Mentee, by Wes Becknell
One of the most selfless acts another person can do is invest in another. I was able to be a mentee to a gentleman by the name of Frank Pruski from La Vernia, Texas. He spent time and effort making me better. After I moved to the San Antonio area, he and his wife opened their home to me and made me feel like part of their family. Frank went out of his way to help me grow. He allowed me to make mistakes and learn from them. After any blunder, he would find time to re-cap the events and ask what I learned and how I could avoid making the same mistake.
We spent many hours of windshield time learning about insurance, talking about claims and making sure our client’s needs were met. Frank is one of the most selfless people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. His life is centered around helping others succeed. The world is a better place because he is in it and because of him, I have experienced some great professional and personal events. His mentorship and guidance shaped a big part of who I am and where I am. I am eternally grateful and eager to do the same for others.
Being a Mentor, by Sammy Flores
Growing up, I knew how important it was to have great people to look up to, but I didn’t realize the importance of having that influence until I became older. Throughout my life, I have had people come in to my life that I consider a close friend and mentor. They have worked closely with me in developing not only my professional career, but my personal life as well. Once I realized this, I knew I wanted to make a difference in someone else’s life, just like my mentors have done for me.
I have been a part of a few mentor/mentee programs over the last couple of years and I have been matched with my “little” from the Big Brother Big Sister of OKC program for over 6 years. Throughout this time, I have seen my little grow from a shy young boy, to an amazing young man! He has become a part of my family, as much as I have to his. We enjoy spending time together, doing different activities and talking about life. I hope that one day, he will be able to be a great mentor and influence others.
Being a mentor and mentee has shaped me into the person I am today. I know that I wouldn’t be where I am without them. I have served both mentor/mentee roles, and I will continue to do so for as long as I able to. I’ve enjoyed the relationships we have built together, and I hope that more people get involved.
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