Throughout history, there have been relationships that have changed the course of the world or that have been so influential that even books have been written about them. We all know CEOs that are very successful or young entrepreneurs that became millionaires before the age of 30. But how did they do it? Self-made or did they have some help?
Most of them, of course, had some help and cashed in on it. They had the perfect mentors and made that relationship a count in their lives. Let’s take a look at some of those mentee-mentor relationships that have crossed borders and that are well-known for their success.
Steve Jobs was a mentor for Mark Zuckerberg in the early days of Facebook. They often met to discuss the way that the business should be managed and which were the next steps Mark had to take in order to grow his business and make an impact on the world. The day that Steve Jobs died Mark posted on his Facebook page that he would miss him greatly and that he had been a very good friend and mentor, showing him that he could change the world with his actions.
In the world of anchoring in big companies such as CBS, women used to be left in second place when it came to anchoring the news or important issues. Nowadays it is very common to see women doing this role. Well, Connie Chung was the first woman to co-anchor CBS Evening News and earned a spot anchoring some of the biggest news programs in the biggest network newscasts and she mentored Kyung B. Yoon. After some time Yoon said that she wasn’t even interested in working in the TV business but after having Connie as a mentor her whole view changed and she saw journalism as a very viable career.
Musicians also have mentors in their careers and maybe a lot of people don’t know this but Bob Dylan had a very good mentor that made his career what it was and made him continue pursuing his goal to take music to the highest level. Dylan´s mentor was the very well-known musician Woody Guthrie. Bob Dylan used to listen to woody’s music when he was just a teenager and used to write him his songs for his approval. Dylan was so moved and influenced by Woody that he wrote “Song to Woody” in order to acknowledge his influence over his music.
Let’s talk about powerful women in business. Sheryl Sandberg who was the COO, Chief Operation officer for Facebook had a share of mentors that she appreciates and gives credit for her success. She had many mentors in many stages of her life but she remembers one that played an amazing role in her life: it was her college teacher Larry Summers who was her mentor and sponsor. They worked together at the World Bank and the Treasury Department and she has not fallen short of words when it comes to giving him the credit for her success in life.
Politicians also need mentors and that is the case of Astronaut and former U.S. Senator John Glenn. He owes his success, as he says, to his civics teacher when he was just a teenager running around in high school. He had the privilege to be mentored by almost an unknown person to the public but he acknowledges the work of his mentor by speaking about the importance of mentorship programs in early stages of life and the satisfaction that mentors get when they see their efforts reflected on their mentees and the way the can help and mentor others that come to them.
In the world of religion, mother Teresa of Calcutta who was a very well-known person that gave her life to patients with AIDS and helped other charities also had a mentor. Her mentor was Father Michael van der Peet. Their relationship started when they were both waiting to catch a bus in the middle of Rome and they constantly exchanged ideas and had a very close relationship. Mother Teresa of Calcutta owed him a great deal as she always said that he was the person that inspired her to help others and to dedicate her life to all the charities she sponsored.
Christian Dior, the fashion god as he is known mentored the other fashion master Yves St. Laurent. Both met in Paris at a party thrown by Vogue and St. Laurent was fascinated by Dior from the very beginning. He used to say that he Dior taught him the entire basis that he knew about his art in fashion. St. Laurent then replaced Dior as the designer of the Dior couture house, which in turn made his career grow to what we know today.
Everybody needs a mentor or has had a mentor at any point in their lives. Think about who was, is or has been your mentor and you will see that the influence that person had in your life could still be seen in all your actions.
Be sure to also read this post about what some of the most famous leaders have to say about mentoring.