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Mentoring Monday: The Reciprocity of Mentoring

My mentor and I (sandwiching the two other people) volunteering.
My mentor and I (sandwiching the two other people) volunteering.
Tomika Anderson

Mentor is rewarding for both the giver and receiver. Tomika Anderson knows first hand. She shares with us the power in giving more than you receive.

Anderson as the mentor…
Mentoring is necessary, particularly in the black community. I mentor to give back at least a fraction of what has been given to me.

My greatest reward in being a mentor is helping someone else succeed. A memorable moment with my mentee was hearing from her once she got into her school of choice, Yale, after we spent time writing and editing her college essays.

My best advice to my mentees is to adopt habits that will help them to succeed in their careers and in life. That means taking good care themselves mentally, spiritually and physically so that they have the mental agility and self esteem that will help them keep pushing toward their goals and dreams.

Anderson as the mentee…
My mentor is award-winning author, writer and editor Hilary Beard. She was my editor years ago at the magazine, Real Health. I admired her work, her spirit and perspectives on life. She was generous with her time, advice and encouragement. I asked her to mentor me.

The greatest piece of advice that she's given me is reminding me to believe in myself and to be selective about the kind of work I take on, ensuring it vibes with my spirit and purpose.

Ms. Beard has served as my cheerleader, an advice giver and a role model in a lot of ways. When I wanted to start writing books, she referred some clients to me who wanted a book. They ultimately hired me to write it.

My mentor, Hilary Beard, is brilliant, beautiful, straight-forward awesome and TOUGH.

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