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Saturday, June 22, 2013

"A Good Mentor Can Change Everything..." 'Judith Whitehead' (Inspiration Sunday)

"Guest-blogger Judith Whitehead lives in Amherst N.Y. and has worked in the
 ophthalmology field of medicine for over 30 years...
Today she talks about having good role models and mentors, it
can change your life... Enjoy! ;D)

A Good Mentor Can Change Everything

Many years ago I completed my degree in medical assisting and one of the first positions I took was with a most uninspiring and miserable boss.

After enduring that position for a year, I decided there had to be something better and decided to peruse the want ads for a more inspiring position. I had a few jobs in between that worked out well; one thing led to another and we decided to start a family and open a Stride Rite shoe store. We worked the store for a few years and when it came time to close it, I began to search for a position in ophthalmology once again.

This time I was very particular. I needed to work with someone who would appreciate my skills and increase my knowledge in the field. I found such a person who would become my mentor for the next several years, someone who would share his knowledge with me and let me grow into the technician I am today.

A mentor can come in many forms; he or she can be a teacher, a leader or employer, among many things. It is very hard to find people who will share their day and knowledge with you while boosting your ego all at the same time. His inspiration made me want to be the best I could be. I pursued certification in this field and returned to college to obtain my degree in gerontology, all because I had the confidence to obtain those goals, all because I had a mentor who believed in me.

It is so important these days to spend your life doing something you love and doing it for someone who appreciates you and the gifts you have to offer. Now that I am nearing the end of my 50s, I appreciate more than ever what that one boss did for me so many years ago. I have awakened skills that I never knew I could have and have tried to pay it forward over the years.

Many people work in dead end jobs for many years of their short lives just going along and suddenly realizing that they are approaching the fall of their lives. We are working much longer than ever before because of the economic conditions in our country, and we had better wake up and find something we enjoy doing to fill our days.

I was lucky. My mentor showed me the way, gave me the inspiration to pursue my goals and continued to inspire me for many years.

My message is simple: Don’t stay in a job that doesn’t inspire you to grow. Look for something that makes you feel worthwhile, something that gives you a sense of accomplishment each day. Maybe you can become someone’s mentor. Let the career you choose make you happy every day and if you are not happy, don’t put off looking for something else.

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KimoRosen said...

My photography teacher in high school (Ulysses Kontos)l was my mentor, the reason I became a professional photographer for most of my adult years...

Deborah Morel said...

Aloha Judith,
What a wonderful story.

A person who can inspire, has another's best interest at heart, is a true gem! People excel and, at times, can do unbelievable things, becoming Superman and Superwoman. Why? The belief, faith, and enduring support.

I think of the fine individuals I have met over the years, who are "good people." It is heart warming.

I had the honor of working along side some of the finest, and most specialized Officers in the US--Alaska State Troopers, and in remote Alaaskan villages. We worked collaboratively; we were friends.

On every dispatch, I put my life in the hands of these AK Troopers. We, and others, worked together to protect the welfare of children.

I was in the best of hands, and did everything I could to keep my friends, Troopers, safe, as well. It was an honor that these fine men and women had confidence in me.

What a rich experience.

Happy Inspiration Sunday!

Judith Whitehead said...

D-Judy commented on Facebook, again most people comment on my Facebook page, therefore i am posting her reply to you;" Thanks for your great story you shared and best of luck to you in your future endeavors