Evolution Weekly 72 // Gratitude for Our Mentors

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Is there someone who's mentored you before? I bet there has. You may even have a perfect picture of who they are and how they helped you.

If you've followed me on this journey for long enough, you'll know that I'm extremely thankful for the people in my life who have helped me achieve great things throughout my career.


On Mentorship, I think of this proverb often:

"When the student is ready, the teacher will appear."


I've been fortunate enough to have had several mentors who have 'appeared' when I needed them most. Every step of the way, I've applied what I've learned and kept myself open to new opportunities.

And with each passing phase of my life, I face new challenges. I meet new people. I don't necessarily go looking for mentors, mind you. They become mentors passively over time because of the relationships I choose to foster. Some have worked directly with me, while others have given me advice from afar.

So, why am I writing about this in particular?

This past week, my mentor, Ken, left the office I work at to pursue an amazing opportunity elsewhere. Being who I am, I was compelled to share what an impact he's had on my career and to wish him well.

I chose Facebook as the medium.


My Post:

Today is the first day that my friend and mentor, Ken Schmitz was not as his desk.

He's moving on to an amazing opportunity for his career and I couldn't be happier for him. I'm genuinely grateful for all that he's done for me over the years and wish him the best. I know that he's still just a phone call away, but I also know that the office will never be the same without him.

I wish that you too have someone in your life like Ken, If only for a time, so you can understand what it's like to have a person in your corner who will always strive to make you a better designer, a better architect, a better person.

I am, in part, who I am today because of the amazing mentors who have been there for me like Ken has.

Thanks, Ken and good luck!



I didn't write this because I wanted attention, though it did garner some wonderful feedback for Ken.

No, I just wanted to share my gratitude for Ken with the world. It's so easy to forget what others mean to us and go about our lives. The work can consume us and then we wake up weeks, months, or years later without having said what we need to.


This Week's Evolution

I believe that postivity yields positivity and I hope that you can share your gratitude with someone that has impacted your career and life.

We don't achieve great things without the guidance, help, and support of the people who, in turn, make us great. They deserve, whether they think they do or not, our undying gratitude.

How you respect your mentors and those who have provided you with opportunities in your life speaks volumes about who you've become and the type of world you'll create without them.


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Ok, that’s all for now. In the mean time, let's connect on Linkedin and discuss more topics like this on the Blog.

Michael LaValley

Buffalo, NY