Did you ever have someone who believed in you unconditionally even though you didn’t feel you deserved such backing? A celebrator recognizes and affirms what you accomplish, but a grower of champions shows respect and admiration for who you are and believes in you when others may have written you off. A grower of champions campaigns on your behalf, backs you against all odds, and defends you against all foes. The concept of mentor as a grower of champions goes far beyond the usual affirmation. Mentors as champion growers do not view their role as cheerleaders; they see themselves more as stewards of reputation.