Saturday, June 8, 2013

The B.P.M.E.

Happy Birthday to my amazing professional mentor and friend, Dr. Neil W. I am so fortunate to have this guy pushing me to be my best. Through his example, I am inspired to be a more selfless mentor and human being. Through his encouragement, I am inspired to go past the potential that I see for myself to catch up to the one he sees for me instead.

Everyone needs a great mentor. Or mentors. And specifically, I'm speaking of the professional setting, but it goes without saying that the very best professional ones care about your personal growth, too.

Wondering what makes a great mentor? Take a look at this post here. Have one already and not sure if it's working? That post should help you with that, too. I was thinking of the B.P.M.E. (best professional mentor ever) in mind, when I wrote that post. Essentially, I came up with a list of why our mentor-mentee relationship works which I think is relatable to others, too.

If you haven't found a mentor yet, let this be your nudge. You need one. You telling you what you need is critical. But you telling you things can get overly subjective. Or overly objective. Or neither of these. . . . perhaps overly fretty instead.

I'm fortunate to have Dr. W. on my side. We aren't in competition. We have genuine respect for one another. He doesn't need me to be a "mini-me" version of himself. And most importantly, this guy wants to and likes to see me win. And, even though I try hard to offer it, requires not a single drop of the glory when I do win.

Now that's what I'm talking about.

Happy Saturday. And Happy Birthday, buddy.

Who's your mentor? What makes them great?


  1. Happy birthday to my "fetching" friend.

  2. From the deck of the Poop,

    Great post! Mentoring takes a very special talent or knack. You have a special mentor. Nice to show your appreciation.


  3. Dr. Manning -- you rock!

    Honestly, your face just radiates something certain and good and joyful.

  4. Thanks for the kind shout out Kim and the rest of the Draper family!

    Kim, when you have a mentee as wonderful as you it's easy to look good!



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