Archives for November 2007

The magic of mentoring

There are many benefits to mentoring, and some of the biggest benefits are how the mentor grows as he gives.

A couple years ago I reported the figures below, which I found on the Big Brothers / Big Sisters website.  I have no idea how these figures were determined, but they certainly are believable. A child with a mentor is:

  • Become a mentor80% more likely to finish high school
  • 46% less likely to use drugs
  • 27% less likely to use alcohol
  • 52% less likely to skip school

The website also reported on numerous other happy benefits of mentoring, which really is an exercise in community-building at the micro level.  Mentoring is an investment, not a cost.  It’s an investment in helping the mentored grow and reach his full potential, and it is equally an investment in helping the mentor grow – because there is so much potential in the mentor waiting to burst out, as well.

That’s right, you grow at least as much by mentoring as by being mentored.  You learn valuable leadership skills that you can’t learn through books or courses; leadership is learned only by doing.  You learn management skills, similar to leadership skills in many ways, and also learnable only by doing.  You learn problem-solving skills, because you are helping the mentored person solve his problems.  You learn interpersonal communication skills, too, which is pretty obvious.

Most of all, you learn to give of yourself.  This is not a skill, so much as a virtue.  It is what makes each of us a better person, when we help someone else, and that is something as important as any skill we can learn.  After all, why do we exist if not to help each other?

It has been said that when we reach a hand out to help someone else, to pull someone else up, we lift two people with that one arm.  Talk about miracles!

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Hold the sauce, save the planet

I bet you never knew that by using sauce, you were creating an environmental danger.

I read this interesting article on how to save the planet by eating leftovers. Less waste, less pollution – you can guess how it goes.

So I wanted to offer a couple more ways that diet can help you save the planet.  First, stop eating meals with sauce.  Think about it.  As soon as you use sauce, you need a plate to hold the mess…er, I mean the sauce.  And you need forks and knives because sauce is, well, let’s just say it – sauce is messy.  If you ate the same meat and rice and veggies in a pita, in a fajita, on crackers or on bread, you could save the energy and water used to wash the dishes.

Sauce - an environmental danger

Imagine if just once a day, you could eat a meal with no fork, knife or plate.  That means 365 plates less to wash this year.  365 fewer forks to wash.  365 fewer knives to wash.

There are some added benefits, too.  For instance…

  • Lower costs from running the hot water and the dishwasher less frequently.
  • Less time spent washing dishes (Yay!!!).  Yes, if you hate washing dishes, this can make you twice as happy.
  • Better health because, let’s face it, sauces rarely contain any real nutrition.  At best they are empty calories.
  • And if you are prone to clumsiness, fewer stains on your nice clothing…which can save you money at the clothing stores, too.

And think of the personality benefits, too.  People will stop calling you saucy behind your back.  OK, I made that one up.

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There are downsides, especially if you love dishes that include a lot of sauce.  I never said that this was a black and white world.  Maybe you can use sauce just a little less frequently and you’ll be ahead in several ways (and still enjoy your Thai and Indian dishes).

So hold the sauce for the planet, for your wallet, for your health, for your good looks and out of pure laziness.

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