Harry’s career had gone—well, “all right.” Not every promotion had come through. But he was always willing to learn. Then, nearing retirement, Harry was asked to mentor a sharp young employee new to the department. Harry couldn’t help it: he detested the assignment.
Mentor this young star? Support him? No sir! Harry had earned his stripes. Now help some hotshot outdistance him? Resentment boiled, but Harry had no choice. He made himself talk with the newcomer. And to his surprise, the hotshot listened.
This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Harry spent the first part of his career learning; then he discovered that in sharing his wisdom, everyone came out ahead…in the high calling of our daily work.