“Biography” is one of my favorite TV shows because it pays tribute to the accomplishments of well-known, successful men and women. I gain insight and inspiration from their stories of achievement and personal triumph over adversity. I find it interesting to note that successful people clearly understand the value of a role model and the power of a mentor’s guidance. Each of these high achievers is quick to express sincere praise for their mentors and the positive impact they had on their lives. They’re grateful that someone recognized their talent and believed in them enough to help them develop their full potential.

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who build bridges and those who don’t. Bridge builders are mentors who understand the power of a kind word and the importance of sincere praise. They’re always available to share their talent and experience. Mentors are team players all the way and lead by example. These unselfish people invest their time and energy helping others avoid pitfalls along their chosen path. Bridge builders mentor without concern for personal gain or credit. They don’t build bridges for the sake of recognition or tribute; they build because it’s in their nature to encourage and support others.

As a boy, I recall reading a poem under the glass on my father’s desk entitled “The Bridge Builder…”

This insightful verse and its message of mentorship has served me well over the years and is a great example for all of us to emulate. If you’re a bridge builder, congratulations, the world is a far better place because of the difference you make in the lives of others. How many bridges have you built lately?