Zen Cup

green teacup

Making the most of mentoring requires the mentee to admit there is more to learn, skills to attain, ways to improve.

Successful mentees need to be open to the experience, even if or perhaps especially if, it becomes challenging.  Just remember this little anecdote:

Once upon a time a successful man went to a Zen master and announced he had come to learn all about Zen.

The master invited the man to be seated and to have a cup of tea.  As the master poured the tea, it overflowed.  “Stop! Stop!” cried the man.  “It’s spilling! It’s spilling.”  “Precisely,” said the master. “You came with a full cup.  How can I give you anything?  Unless you come with emptiness, I can give you nothing.”

If  you persist in lifelong learning, you will have many mentors.  But you must let them pour into your cup…..

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About Mentoring Moments

Perrrone-Ambrose Associates specializes in assisting organizations of all sizes and missions to provide mentoring to their employees at every level. We accomplish this by creating mentoring systems and training strategies and programs for mentors and their mentees in establishing helping relationships. We started this blog with objective of sharing what we continue to discover about the mentoring process and by providing a clearinghouse for sharing our readers' experiences in the world of mentoring.

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