7 Ways to Thank Your Mentor
A mentor is a trusted and experienced advisor; someone whose footsteps you want to follow. They are the “Yoda” in your everyday life and help you navigate the path to success. However, mentorship is not a one- size-fits-all. Throughout your career you may develop a network of advisors that will lead you in the right direction.
“The key to being a good mentor is to help people become more of who they already are- not to make them more like you.” – Suze Orman, Financial Advisor
In an article for Entrepreneur, Mary Barra, General Motors CEO states, “Different people see different aspects of us as we progress in our careers and handle the opportunities and challenges along the way.” She continues to express her belief that “effective mentoring takes a network.” As you grow in your career, you meet new influencers and industry leaders whom all help you reach the next step.
The connection that you build with mentors is a professional friendship built around support, encouragement and appreciation. Recognizing mentors is a meaningful act that shows your sincere gratitude for their continued guidance.
As Friday, January 15th is Thank Your Mentor Day, take advantage and pay it forward by thanking your mentor(s) for the guidance and encouragement they have provided you with! Here are 7 ideas of how you can show your gratefulness:
- Get Social with #ThankYourMentor
Instagram/Facebook: Go through past photos of you and your mentor(s) and write a meaningful post that shows your appreciation!
Twitter: Post a quote or inspirational words of wisdom that your mentor(s) gave to you for motivation and tag them!
LinkedIn: Show your appreciation by telling your story of how your mentor helped you with LinkedIn’s latest series, Thank Your Mentor.
- Send a hand-written letter
While typing up a letter seems less time consuming, handwriting a thank you note shows that you took the time to make it more personal.
- Offer your assistance
Your mentor has been there for you and has provided help when you needed it most. Whether it is work-related or personal, pay it forward and offer your assistance on something they need help with.
- Gift them something personal
Going the extra mile and getting your mentor a gift that reflects your unconditional appreciation is a great way to make an impression. Gift a product that matches their professional and personal interests, such as a new Thule backpack for someone who travels or an artfully crafted Faber-Castell pen.
- Pick up the phone
With social media, texting and email being the main source of communication, picking up the phone for a one-on-one conversation is a great way to tell your mentor thank you!
- Donate to a mentor program in their name
Encouraging people to become mentors is an influential way to show your appreciation to your own mentor. Donate to programs, such as The National Mentor Partnership in their honor!
- Become a mentor to someone
The best way to thank your mentor is to put their words of wisdom and encouragement to good use and to offer your guidance to someone in need. See here for more information on how to become a great mentor!