Have a mentor and also be a mentor

Have a mentor and also be a mentor

Being a mentor is not only important, but it is also crucial to have a mentor yourself. As the saying goes, "You need a Paul, you need a Barnabas, and you need a Timothy."

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Upon the completion of my undergraduate degree, Joe Musa, an accomplished Nigerian artist bestowed upon me invaluable advice. He urged me to read three remarkable books: “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill, “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki, and “The Richest Man in Babylon” by George Samuel Clason. Trusting in his guidance, I wholeheartedly embraced the knowledge contained within these literary treasures. The profound wisdom within their pages not only shaped my fascination with wealth creation but also fostered a deep-rooted desire for sustainable riches. This experience served as a vivid reminder that the influence of a knowledgeable mentor should never be underestimated.

Being a mentor is not only important, but it is also crucial to have a mentor yourself. As the saying goes, “You need a Paul, you need a Barnabas, and you need a Timothy.” Allow me to elaborate on this insightful statement.

Firstly, having a Paul in your life refers to having a mentor who is older and more experienced than you. A Paul can provide valuable guidance, wisdom, and advice based on their extensive knowledge and life experiences. They can share their successes and failures, helping you navigate through similar challenges you may encounter. A Paul can be a source of inspiration, serving as a role model to guide you towards personal and professional growth.

Secondly, a Barnabas represents a mentor or companion who is in a similar age group or at a similar stage of life. This peer mentor can offer a unique perspective, understanding the challenges and opportunities you face, as they might be going through similar experiences themselves. A Barnabas can be a source of encouragement, accountability, and collaboration, fostering a supportive and motivating relationship.

Lastly, a Timothy represents a mentee who is younger and less experienced than you. Taking on the role of a mentor to a Timothy allows you to share your knowledge, skills, and experiences to help someone else grow and develop. By mentoring a Timothy, you not only contribute to their personal and professional development, but you also solidify and deepen your own understanding and expertise in the process.

The saying emphasizes the importance of mentorship at every stage of life. By being a mentor, you can guide and shape the next generation, while also benefiting from the wisdom and support of your own mentors. Remember, the mentor-mentee relationship is a two-way street, offering growth and learning opportunities for both parties involved.

Tosin 'Badeniyi, PhD

Tosin 'Badeniyi, PhD

Tosin ‘Badeniyi, a Professor at the Department of Biotechnology and Food Science at Durban University of Technology, South Africa, holds a doctoral degree in Food Science from University of Pretoria South Africa. Since 2001, he has conducted research and lectured internationally in the area of food quality and safety. He is the editor of Food Science and Technology: Trends and Future Prospects and has published numerous scientific publications as well as four inspirational books.

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