When my son Jared was a high school sophomore he wanted to run track but had no idea which event might be best for him. For Coach Joe, it was never an issue. Jared would run varsity hurdles.

“Is he that good?” I asked. “He will be,” said Joe.

The man should know. He’s been coaching track for 50 years. Fifty.

In his first track meet, Jared came home with a silver medal in the 300-meter hurdles, missing first place by one-tenth of a second.

Everyone has gifts and talents to share. Coach Joe can spot a budding hurdler. I can assess a marketing resume in about five seconds, help people embrace their authentic story, and connect corporate friends with life-changing consulting pros.

So why should you make time to be a mentor?

Mentoring opens the door to how businesses work, what people expect, and how to thrive in the Real World. Sharing your experience helps a future employee be more productive faster.

And mentees expand our perspective of the world. This relationship should be reciprocal: an opportunity for senior pros to learn new skills, tools, and language from the future of our profession. A glimpse that’s also a gift.

As Winston Churchill famously said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

Check out our free mentoring program by visiting our Future page.