14 THE POWER OF MENTORING

Mentoring is nothing new. If you’re into mythology or just like a good tale, you’ll be interested to know that the term originated from Homer’s Odyssey. The story goes that whilst Odysseus, King of Ithaca, is away fighting the Trojan war, he entrusts the care of his household to Mentor, in particular the education and guidance of his son, Telemachus. After the war (10 years later), Odysseus is condemned to wander in an attempt to return to Ithaca. Telemachus, who by now has grown up, sets out to find his father and also wanders. At this point good old Athena, Goddess of War, turns up, assumes the form of Mentor (who by now is an old man) and guides Telemachus on his troubled quest. Father and son are reunited (hurrah), ...

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