There are an awful lot of ships out there; military, cargo, and cruise to name a few. When you think of ships, what do you think of? Perhaps your mind wanders to the ocean or to scenes from Pirates of the Caribbean. Perhaps you can imagine the wind in your hair and a fruity drink in your hand aboard a floating vessel dubbed, “The Tipsy Santa”. I actually really like that name, “The Tipsy Santa”. It’s not likely I own my own ship, not a lot of options here in the Great Plains, however, DIBS.
As a native Oklahoman the ocean seems, most often, just too far out for consideration. The few times I have been on a ship the shear size of the ocean has always made me a bit sick. I mean seriously, that’s a lot of H20. To be COMPLETELY cheesy, I want you to consider a different thought process regarding ships. To date, there’s been no more important ship in my life than mentorship…and there’s the cheese folks. I’ve had spiritual mentors & professional mentors who continue to breath wisdom in to my life. It’s no secret that our business at EVERYMAN is founded on the idea that mentorship can be an incredibly powerful ship. Now if I’ve laid on this cheese too thick I apologize but let me try to more clearly create at least the semblance of a metaphor here. You can decide how well I accomplish it.
Merriam-Webster defines a ship as following: A large boat used for traveling long distances across the sea. A ship is used as a mechanism of transport.
Whether people, manufacturers goods, or weapons, ships leave places with things to go to other places. Perhaps more complicated than that but it’s pretty much how we Oklahoman’s view ships. Mentorship, in this regard, has been the vessel which has most clearly taken me to places I might have otherwise never been. In many ways, the similarities between an actual ship and mentorship are uncanny. Give me the opportunity to try here. I’m going to attempt to hit you with 3 solid, metaphorical points. Yes, I used spell check on metaphorical.
Well, that’s what I got. Mentorships have been some of the best relationships (another ship!) I’ve had. I hope you will take the time to consider who is mentoring you spiritually, financially, professionally, and personally. Taking it one step further, do you have the opportunity to mentor somebody else? Take a moment to check out some of our #GivebackPartners today. At EVERYMAN we try to put our money where our mouth is, donating money from the revenue we generate through our store to organizations that mentor young men. It is our hope that many of you reading this will engage with us via social media (@YouAreEVERYMAN), our blog, our upcoming PODCast, and perhaps even be customers of ours. Remember the words of Frederick Douglass, “It’s far easier to build strong boys than to heal broken men”. Get your ship together gents. EVERYMANup.
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