From the Publisher
Because You Believed in Me uses stories of real people---Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Claude Monet and Eugene Boudin, Ulysses S.Grant and Abraham Lincoln---to demonstrate the powerful benefits of mentoring. The relationships of these and other historical pairs are explored throughout this book to illuminate the inherent value of mentoring. What if Eugene Boudin had not encouraged Monet to paint in the out of doors? Could anyone else have inspired him to abandon studio painting and venture into the beauty of landscapes? As with this case, mentors open worlds of possibilities for their proteges. Even brilliant people need heroes. The stories in this book offer strong evidence of just how mentors help protégés clarify their choices and crystallize their values and, sometimes, even encourage them to explore unimagined vistas. Designed to inspire and uplift, Because you Believed in Me highlights the spirit of mutual generosity in the mentor - protégé relationship. This wonderful collection is an invitation to reach out, renew, and remember the powerful influences in your life.
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"...an uplifting and beautifully written exploration of the influence of mentoring on individual lives and on the history of humankind." (Jay Winsten, Ph.D. Director, Harvard University Mentoring Project Associate Dean, Harvard School of Public Health); "This book shows clearly that mentoring is the single most important way we can contribute or give back to our companies, our communities, our world. Each of these people did what all of us must do: with each step up the ladder of success, to drop down the ladder for those who come behind." (Pat Mitchell President and CEO, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)); "Valuable Lessons Throughout - For those of us who yearn to achieve and for those among us who are talented enough to teach. A true mentor never resents that the student surpasses the master, but rejoices in the accomplishments of the individuals they inspire." (James Sinegal President and CEO, Costco Wholesale); "Without George Wythe, would there have been a Thomas Jefferson? Wythe did more than teach Jefferson law. He shaped his political philosophy and character. Greatness is a shared achievement, yet those who inspire others often remain in the shadows. Thanks to the authors for bringing to light these remarkable relationships and their impact on American society." (Eleanor Clift, Contributing editor, Newsweek); "Because You Believed in Me captures the essence of mentorship - teaching ... Marcia A. McMullen and Patricia M. Miller illustrate the beauty and value of mentorship through the lives of an intriguing collection of people." (Anne Sweeney President, Disney Channel Worldwide: President, ABC Cable Networks Group); "Because You Believed in Me beautifully illuminates one of the most rewarding aspects of human relating, that of encouraging the growth of another. These inspiring vignettes bring to our attention a too infrequently acknowledged yet critically important dynamic underlying relationships." (Linda McGraw, Ph.D. Director, Organization for Psychological Health)