By now, you are likely stuffed full of turkey and contemplating a conference call with the couch, all while in a holiday-induced stupor.
But along with the thanks given around the dinner table, wouldn’t this be a good time to send out a note of thanksgiving to your mentor?
Think about it.
Most mentors have voluntarily stepped up to be your guide during difficult career decisions or transitions.
They’ve lent their counsel, advice, insights and recommendations when perhaps you couldn’t see so clearly yourself.
Mentors have also been our cheerleaders when things got tough. They have provided us with a needed boost, kind word and/or a beyond-the-call-of-duty effort to give us a helping hand when we needed it most.
Mentors aren’t paid. They don’t volunteer to help others with any expectation of anything in return.
They just do it because they are nice.
And more importantly, because they are good people.
And in a world where we don’t do enough to recognize good news or good deeds, a little bit of return on their kindness can go a long way.
So take the time to drop a mentor a short note, telling them how much they mean to you. Nowadays, we get so few handwritten, personalized notes that receiving one via snail mail can be a very special gift.
You can surprise them with a gift, or invite them to lunch or coffee (your treat, of course). Surprise them with a little extra touch of your own, if you have the resources to do so.
Resolve to stay in touch and not let so much time pass since you last saw them.
But never forget one thing: You wouldn’t be where you are without their assistance and generosity.
And for that, you should take the time to express your thanks and appreciation.
It’s the least you can do.