In the last week, I’ve seen several examples of mentorship in action. It got me thinking about how important it is to find role models in our lives.
A local newscaster
On Friday, Jim Vance, a long-time local newscaster in Washington, DC, died. Vance, as he was always called, was the anchor on the evening news for 45 years; yes, 45 years. In a town filled with so many transients, he was a constant. Along with his broadcast partner of 28 years, Doreen Gentzler, their NBC-affiliate newscast held the number one spot for decades. As I watched the tributes come in, I was struck by how many people he had mentored.
What was it about Vance that moved so many people? I think it was his ability to connect on a genuine level with people.