One of my all time favorite mentoring movies is The Matrix. In the Matrix, Morpheus mentors Neo into becoming “The One.” First, Morpheus has Neo to select the blue pill or the red pill, after he explains that he is offering the truth and nothing more. Once Neo makes the decision, Morpheus begins the process of helping him identify his strengths and weaknesses. He pushes Neo to challenge his assumptions and thought patterns that might be holding him back. He allows him to make mistakes and realize the consequences, so that he can learn and grow. The moment in the subway when Neo begins to believe is what mentoring is about. The moment when the mentee takes all they have learned and apply it in a manner that allows them to reach their full potential. This is a great mentoring movie and I use it often in my mentoring training sessions. I encourage you to watch the movie again, this time, from a mentoring perspective.
Much like Neo, I owe much of my success to a great cast of mentors who have taken their time to invest in my growth and development, both professionally and personally. During National Mentoring Month, I encourage you to seek out a mentor if you do not have one, thank your mentor, if you do, and be a mentor, if you are not!
Thank you to my “personal board of directors,” for all your time and wisdom. I trust that I have honored your time by continuing to try to be the best me I can be.
Some of my favorite mentoring books:
The Mentor Leader – Tony Dungy
Teach What You Know – Steve Trautman