We are at our best when we rely upon the wisdom and knowledge of those that have come before us.

Those of us living today have inherited all sorts of incredible bits of information, data, knowledge, and wisdom. I'm all for progress and doing a new thing, but we would be foolish if we ignored the wisdom and knowledge that has been passed down to us.

There's been an incredible baton handed to us. It has caused me to realize that it is Imperative, essential, that we intentionally hand a baton to the next generation. We benefit from this and get to utilize all the things that have been given to us.

Today, I'd like to share with you seven individual values for how to mentor your mentees with love and kindness. We’ll also share tips on how to become an awesome, effective, and respected mentor. The seven values are: Make it about them, Find out what their needs are, Be transparent and authentic, Suspend your judgment, Be vulnerable, Help them discover their passion, and Help them find their purpose.

If you're going to be a great mentor, you must be someone willing to give lots of time. You must have a plan and encourage often. You must be someone who brings correction and instruction, not harshly but with clarity. If you do those things you will be a great mentor. You will make a tremendous impact in the lives of lots of people -- and they will accomplish all the potential they have in them because of your mentorship.

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Many people have handed the baton to you. It's time for you to intentionally work hard to hand the baton to the next generation.

Take that baton (and get ready to hand it off) by listening to this week's "Wisdom With Charlie Perkins" podcast.

About Charlie Perkins

Charlie Perkins is an author, musician, photographer, and videographer based in Rochester. The Chicago-bred Perkins attended Northwestern University concentrating on Radio, TV Broadcasting, and Interpersonal Communications. He spent 29 years at Harris Bank in Chicago and taught “Principles of Corporate Television” Columbia College in the same city. He has also spent 17 years as Unit Manager, Media Support Services for the Mayo Clinic. In a previous life, he covered the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan’s championship run, ’96-‘98 as a freelance photographer.