5th Sept, 2022
In Japan, the senpai-kohai (mentor-intern) relationship is fundamental for transmission of knowledge and expertise- a key element in the development of Japanese technology & industry.
In India the guru-shishya parampara has been the foundation of Indian culture & tradition from Vedic times. It denoted a sense of belongingness towards the teacher/guru & worshipping them like Gods.
Although it has evolved in modern times, guru-shishya parampara continues to hold special significance in the world of music & dance where it depicts the bond of eternal respect to one’s Guru.
Whenever you see someone doing outstanding work, making phenomenal growth, just know it is not only their own talent, skills and knowledge but the able guidance of a mentor behind them. Geniuses are seldom born, they are made. More often than not, it is the eternal hand of a mentor or a teacher in ensuring that greatness.
Mozart’s father was his mentor who guided him to surpass 10,000 hours of deliberate practice when he was only ten.
Albert Einstein’s first mentor was Max Talmey, an ophthalmologist who started gifting him science books when he was only a child, thus initiating & chanelising his intellect.
The list is endless.
Some great senpai-kohai relationships:
1. Steve Jobs mentoring Mark Zuckerberg
2. Warren Buffett mentoring Bill Gates
3.. Socrates mentoring Plato – Plato mentoring Aristotle
4. Gopal Krishna Gokhale mentoring Mahatma Gandhi
5. Mahatma Gandhi mentoring Nelson Mandela
6. Audrey Hepburn mentoring Elizabeth Taylor
7. Professor Dumbledore mentoring Harry Potter
8. Sachin Tendulkar mentoring Virender Sehwag
I have had the privilege of being blessed with umpteen teachers & mentors rooting for me right from school & college years, to my life as a journalist and now as a parenting coach.
They have constantly been goading me, guiding me & rapping me into taking those uncomfortable actions to keep moving ahead in life.
Bless not just mine, but all mentors & teachers today who are making this world a better place each day.
Who is your Mentor?
Happy Teachers’ Day!