Being better

One of the benefits of having successful mentors (even if they don’t consider themselves mentors) is that they push you. Push you to be better. Then push you to be better than that.

And then, you’re just getting started.

I think this kind of influence is necessary for some people. I know people with intense work ethics. People who are relentless self-starters who need to no external influence to work hard and set goals and make successive approximations towards their goals in life.

Others need a push.

Something that unlocks their potential. A tipping point that helps them see plainly the void between where they are and where they could (should) be. This push can become a crutch for some people but for others, it’s all they need to make moves.

To my mentor(s), thank you.

Willie Jackson is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Consultant & Facilitator with ReadySet, a boutique consulting firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a frequent writer and speaker on the topics of workplace equity, global diversity, and inclusive leadership. Connect on LinkedIn or get in touch.

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