Human Beings by Yamaguchi Gen, 1953


Giving back is an important concept. My dad worked in the elevator business for most of his life, and one of the things that always stood out for me was the generous way he mentored younger, less-experienced workers. It takes time to be a mentor. Sometimes it takes time you don’t think you have, but you do it anyway. Sometimes people ignore your advice, and that’s okay. Everyone learns differently. But I think it’s always good to let someone who’s behind you on the journey know they don’t have to reinvent every wheel and they’re not expected to be perfect.

When I started out as a writer, I got help and encouragement from an eclectic collection of writers and teachers. I wouldn’t be doing what I do if I hadn’t had their help. What a blessing it is to be able to teach other writers in workshops and, very occasionally, one on one.

The energy of newcomers can be a pleasantly infectious boost.

What knowledge do you have that you like to share? Did you have any memorable mentors?


One thought on “Mentor”

  1. skyecaitlin says:

    Laura, your father sounds wise kind with an abundant supply of patience. My Father was very encouraging to me, as well as certain teachers in grade school, high school and collerge, especially my College Advison, Dr. Nathan Carb. I was very fortunate.

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