If God has deposited a special grace in your life such that people admire, support and come to learn from you, then you owe it to the author of that grace to pour into their lives.
Don’t use people to build your dreams and do nothing to support their own dreams.
Don’t establish yourself as an authority over their lives. You’re not the Holy Spirit. That they look to you for mentorship is no reason to become the one who calls the shots.
“Don’t Lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example.” (1 Peter 5:3 NLT)
Don’t become offended when they make career or life decisions without seeking your permission. Don’t be offended when you give advice and they don’t take it.
Be there to offer guidance but understand that you’re not their God.
Be careful with how you handle admiration and praise. It’s transient. That they admire and follow you today doesn’t mean some won’t leave you for the next ‘influential ‘ big shot that comes their way tomorrow. It’s not personal. It’s just life.
How you handle people leaving you is important. don’t become offended when some of your mentees begin to pull away to establish themselves and fulfill their dreams. They did not come to you to serve your vision forever.
Support their dreams, give them a leg up, let them climb on your back to get up. That’s how to be a parent ; a true leader.