Mentors who have made their mentees become successful

Brilliant people have become successful thanks to someone else’s guidance. In some cases, good ideas need good mentors or advisors to come true. The following list present to you 4 couple of mentors and their mentees who have changed the world.

Plato mentor to Aristotle

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Plato became the primary Greek philosopher based on his ties to Socrates and Aristotle and the presence of his works, which were used until his academy closed in 529 A.D.His works were then copied throughout Europe. For centuries, classical education assigned Plato’s works as required reading, and The Republic was the premier work on political theory until the 19th century, admired not only for its views, but also for its elegant prose. Plato’s most famous students was Aristotle.

Aristotle’s works became the basis for the both religion and science, especially through the Middle Ages. In religion, Aristotelian ethics were the basis for St. Thomas Aquinas’ works that forged Christian thought on free will and the role of virtue. Aristotle’s scientific observations were considered the last word in knowledge until about the 16th century, when Renaissance thought challenged and eventually replaced much of it. Even so, Aristotle’s empirical approach based on observation, hypothesis and direct experience (experimentation) is at least part of the basis for scientific activity in nearly every field of study.

Larry Page/Sergey Brin mentor to Marissa Mayer

The current CEO of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer has in essence been mentored by the founders of one of the largest multinational corporations in the world, Google. Sergey Brin at Stanford University and Larry Page at Google guided Marissa Mayer into the labyrinth of the technological world and thus, provided her with the impetus to go beyond the mere visions of achievement. Today she stands at the helm of another mammoth organization, which in essence is Google’s immediate competitor.

The relationship shared by the above mentioned technology whizzes was a professional one, wherein the brilliance of the creators of Google was shared and insightful techniques to deal with particularly important issues may have been discussed. The knowledge sharing given by mentors of high intelligence is the basis for successful career paths.

Dr. Ed Roberts mentor to Bill Gates

Ed Robert founded the Society MITS (Micro Instrumentation Telemetry Systems) in Albuquerque and sold MITS in 1977 to become a general practitioner in Georgia. The Altair 8800 was the first personal computer which could be programmed to do many tasks. The interesting connection between Dr. Henry Edwared Roberts and Bill Gates was Dr.H did not continue his journey in computing field but moved back to Georgia and became a doctor after that, while Bill Gates was continuing his ambitions and history proved that Bill Gates’s success in computing field. However, as mentioned by Bill Gates and Paul G.Allen (co-founder of Microsoft) in a joint statement, both of them were saddened by the death of “our friend and early mentor”. Thanks to Dr. Ed Roberts, Bill Gates and Paul Allen could install basic programming language. This program ran on  Altair 8800 computer , which brought billions of  of wealth to Bill Gates and his partner, Paul Allen. Altair Basic worked on Altair 8800 computer was the beginning of Microsoft -the world’s largest software company.

Robert Friedland mentor to Steve Jobs

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Jobs was looking to sell his typewriter and walked in on the otherwise occupied couple. Jobs left, apologetic, but Friedland urged him to stay and the two became fast friends. Friedland had ended up at Reed College with Steve Jobs under wildly unusual circumstances. He traveled to India to study under the guru Neem Karoli

Baba. His spiritual attitudes had a huge effect on young Steve Jobs. Jobs said “He turned me onto a different level of consciousness”.

The mentor in this case had pulled his mentee out of his shell and turned him into a more open and extrovert personality. Daniel Kottke was friends with both Jobs and Friedland at the time. He said, “Robert was very much an outgoing, charismatic guy, a real salesman. When I first met Steve he was shy and self-effacing, a very private guy. I think Robert taught him a lot about selling, about coming out of his shell, of opening up and taking charge of a situation.” Steve Jobs was essentially an open minded thinker and thus this tryst with Friedland allowed him to express his brilliant ideas openly and without hesitation. The world is now thankful to the fact that Steve Jobs became what he was, thus underlining the importance of a mentor in someone’s life.


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