favorite teacher, mentor, good person

@winterose (39918)
Canada
April 25, 2007 3:48pm CST
As we go through life there are many people who influence us some for the good and some for the bad. Who is the person or persons in your life that you have admired you and have taught you many things. To get a best response and rating you need to say who the person was and what you learned from them. My friend Dorothy taught me how to write, she was strict but it was good because my writing improved and now I am being paid for it. She taught me to look at people and see the good in them instead of looking for the bad, she taught me to go out of my way to help someone not just when it is convenient for me. For example, one day she was in a taxi, and she saw a lady struggling with grocery banks on the sidewalk, she stopped the taxi, picked up this stranger and had the taxi driver take her home before she went home herself. Who is the person or the people that have taught you most in life and why
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@paulsy (1264)
• Philippines
25 Apr 07
The first person who had made a great influence in my life was my father. He was an intelligent and very wise man. He was a writer... and i guess all of us children inherited the love for writing from him. He spoke to us about life. Everything he knew about life... and all his wise teachings molded my principles and beliefs in life. The other person I consider my mentor is my former employer. This was another very wise person. He was the big president of the company, but he was human, and treated everyone equally. He trained me, believed in my capabilities, and helped me build my self confidence to handle a position i never thought I would be capable of handling.
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@paulsy (1264)
• Philippines
27 Apr 07
well,i guess we had almost the same mentors in our lives. good for you that you had a father and boss like I did. These are the people who taught me to be the best that I could be. I have always been proud to tell everyone that because of the faith and confidence of my mentor, I learned so much in dealing with people, work and life as a whole. My father has passed away almost 10 years ago now, and yet all his words echo in my mind every now and then. And my former boss, I have long moved on from working in his company to handling our own family business, but today, as a sense of gratitude to him, I keep in touch with him all the time.
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@raydene (9875)
• United States
26 Apr 07
My Da was my biggest influence.He taught me to like or dislike someone because of what they did instead of how they dressed,talked,color of their skin,disabilities,religions,etc.He taught me to walk quiet enough in the woods that I once got close enough to a deer I could have touched it..He taught me when approaching wildlife to stay down wind,rub fresh dirt on my clothes and carry fresh cut pine and cedar chips in all my pockets to mask my smell.He taught me to hunt,fish,build things. The most important thing my Da taught me was that we are not born in a fair world.Because I am born female expect to run faster,shot better,drive expertly,do everything better then the male next to me but always know that to the world doing better then him might make me close to equel but know inside that being better then him means I'm better at something then him.Never look for the easy way because I'll find no value in it. Treat everyone with respect because even if I don't like them it's not my right to decide or judge them. Always care more about how you act and not react to the unkindness of others because if someone is mean to you ..it won't change who you are unless you allow their mean ways to infect you also..And you have to be careful,because those things are very contagious!! Most of what he taught me never come out his mouth but was expressed in his whole life.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
26 Apr 07
hey sounds like a great man. I wish I could have met him.
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26 Apr 07
When I was 13 I was really struggling at school as my home life was extremely troubled . To find escape from the reality of my everyday existance I would daydream myself into other places , and I would translate my fantasies onto paper . I found peace and enjoyment from my writing but tended not to share it with anybody . However my English teacher , a wonderful eccentric and terribley dapper English gentleman , took notice , and began to encourage me . It was the first time I had ever been praised and I strived so hard to win my teacher's approvel . Had it not been for this man I do not think I would have found the confidence or self belief to write today . God bless him .
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@Akyu22 (24)
• United States
26 Apr 07
I would have to say my ex-girlfriend. We broke up, but we still are very good friends, and shes the first person I really felt comfortable talking with. She's helped me through a lot, and I've helped her through a lot.
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@pendragon (3354)
• United States
26 Apr 07
My second grade teacher Veronica Mish who taught us to be whatever we wanted to be,my gf nd her best friend Carrie,theyre awesome people and have been on mission trips etc, a girl named Laura I know in Scotland who strives to be the best person she can be, which is pretty damn great, and my little girl who has been thru a lot lately and is still so open and loving. I love emall.
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• Malaysia
26 Apr 07
hi.. i have many people that inspired my life. i love successful people.they gave me a thought that if they can be a successful, why can i be? sometime, my friends gave inspired advices..but my family is my number one good example of how to live my life now..
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• Philippines
26 Apr 07
MY DAD! The best dad in the world! He had been a strong person. He knows how to handle problems which i myself don't know much how to.
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• Philippines
26 Apr 07
Well I don't know anyone to consider as my mentor but I have this teacher in grade school that I really love. She didn't taught me anything in direct about morals or other good stuff. What I love about her is that she is the first person who did believe in me and appreciate my existence in the school. Before I met her, I'm just a girl whose bored of school and tired of listening to others people thought. But when she become my teacher she give me an opportunity to show the real me and bring out my strengths.
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@Stiletto (4584)
26 Apr 07
The person who had the biggest influence on me was my English Teacher at Secondary School - Mr Waugh. He had done so much with his life - from playing in a jazz band to spending a year in a Zen Buddhist Monastery! He was such an interesting person and although at the time I thought he was pretty old he would probably only have been late-forties - not much older than I am now. He was also one of the few people that spotted I was a lot smarter than I acted - I was pretty wild as a teenager. He never really fitted in with the other teachers and was often in trouble for not sticking to the curriculum. Nowadays he probably wouldn't last 5 minutes in the current UK education system. I know he definitely got into trouble when we spent a weeks worth of English classes listening to jazz and blues on the pretence that we were analysing the lyrics (I think he just wanted us to hear the music in the hope we would love it as much as he did) and he got into massive trouble for having us write a critique on selected bible passages! He left the school just before I did - he was going to West Africa as a voluntary teacher for a year. I never found out what he did after that because I moved away shortly afterwards but I'm sure it would have been something suitably exotic anyway. Because of him I learned to love the plays of Shakespeare, the music of Billie Holiday and the poetry of William Blake. He taught me that learning should be a continuous process throughout life and that it involves more than reading books. Most of all he taught me the importance of being your own person - of not allowing others to pigeon-hole you into a specific role in life.
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@kitkat1 (1227)
• Canada
26 Apr 07
Well winterose the one who made me what i am today by teaching me two things is my dad i think he is a god. He taught me to never give up so if i have a goal i do not stop til i have it. And he gave me words to live by and this is Life is what you make it. So i do just that i make my life exactly the way i want it and strive till i reach my every goal and i have my dad to thank for instilling those great qualitys of his into me. Have a great day.
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@eipril (401)
• Philippines
26 Apr 07
the person that have taught me is my parents ..they really encourage me to solve my problems ,.to survive in my everyday life ,,they serves as a guide for me .,they taught me how to be strong ..and how to be responsible woman ,.i really appreciate the things that they taught to me .,
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• Philippines
25 Apr 07
I have good friend in chat i that influence me a lot, to see the brighter side of the situation, giving me advices that really helpful, some in form of puzzle to make me realize what his point of view, sort of analyzing her thought. in the end of the road i always looking for him.. I like to thank him for all this things for being such a nice friend,a best friend to be called.
@lifeluver (743)
• Canada
27 Apr 07
I would have to say my Grade 6 teacher, Mrs. Watson. She was a wonderful lady from Scotland who made everything she taught interesting. From her, I learned the value of learning. I used to not want to pay attention to what was going on but with Mrs. Watson, I couldn't help wanting to hear what she had to say. She also taught us the value of observation. One day, she started writing on the blackboard and all us students started writing it down in our notebooks. Before we realized it we had written something completely nonsensecle (sp?). When she turned around from the blackboard, she said "Now see? If you had read what I was writing first, you would have realized that it doesn't make sense." I loved the way she taught us things.