One of my mentors, Joe, describes himself as being the product of many fine folks who taught, coached, and mentored him through life. Aa Joe says, "Those folks left their fingerprints all over me."
The conveyance of principles, values, mindset, knowledge, skills, and experience is embedded in the process of mentoring. We all have the "fingerprints" of others all over us. And, we all leave our "fingerprints" on others. Intentionally...........or not.
Our greatest contribution is leaving our "fingerprints" on those we leave behind, namely our children and grandchildren (and beyond). Call it mentoring, call it legacy, call it the circle of life.
And, as is the nature of fingerprints, we each get to do that in an absolutely unique way.
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