“No mentor, No life.”
I truly feel “No mentor No life.”
Because I’m not smart enough to stop learning.
And I believe when we learn something, there is a big difference if we have a mentor or not.
Looking back at my life, when I was challenging something, I always had mentors in every field.
When I stayed in NewZealand,
when I studied English at school,
when I started my business…
There’re always mentors beside me.
How lucky I am to have great mentors in my life!
And today, let me introduce the top of my great mentors!
I have a very weird like zombie but curious, and hard worker mentor.
That’s my father.
It was my school days that I realized my father was a little different from other dads.
He never smiled, always making serious face, having a line between his eyes in public.
He wore only a jacket.
No fancy clothes such as brand shirt or trousers.
He seemed to have no interest in fashion.
Moreover, his hair was fluffy like Beethoven.
But not only appearance but also his behavior was wired.
Do you know smartphone zombies?
It means to stare at smartphones while walking.
That’s very dangerous and not well mannered, isn’t that?
But look at my father.
He is a book zombie, wearing a jacket and serious expression on his face.
He read while walking on the street from long time ago even before the mobile phones were invented.
He is kind of pioneer for smartphone zombie!
I still remember my mother used to shout a lot to alert him to be careful with cars.
In addition to that, he is full of curiosity like a child.
Whenever he finds something curious, he heads to it, forgetting about others.
We often needed to look for him when we went out together.
Not children but “he” was the one who needed to be searched.
To be honest, I can’t remember how many times I felt tired of him behaving at his own pace.
But there was the time I changed how I looked at my father.
It was a winter time.
I woke up in the middle of night. I was about 13 years old.
When I was just passing by my father’s room to go to bathroom,
I found him sitting at the desk studying with piles of thick books.
It was a big impact for me.
He is a tax accountant and has his own office and some employees.
It must’ve been a huge pressure.
He worked from the morning till night.
But still, he was studying at night!
To be honest, I still think he is very weird and doesn’t look cool.
But I can’t stop respecting his straightforward attitude toward learning something.
Now he’s been hospitalized because of a stroke.
He’s lost his sense of swallowing.
It means he can’t eat anything from the throat.
I cried a lot and felt so sorry for him after it happened to him.
However, we went to see him yesterday and can you guess how he is behaving in the hospital right now?
According to the nurse, he walks reading books in the hospital.
That is my father! “Book zombie”!
By looking at his attitude throughout my life, he’s been always my mentor in a way not giving up learning and having curiosity in any circumstances.
“Keep studying and stay curious.”
This is my life motto.
This idea definitely comes from my top mentor, my father.
I really hope he will show his gut and vitality to do rehabilitation and get better little by little so that he can eat again.
As there is no choice for him to give up reading.
There is no choice for me to give up supporting my father!