Scene From A Mentor's Life

Posted by Bijan Khazai on Jul 23, 2019
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In a recent Laddership Circle, I was reminded of a teacher and mentor of mine from the time I lived in New York. He was one of the best corporate lawyers in New York City, but he was also an incredible champion of all in hardship and a seer of truths! Below is a scene from his life I remember often:

Here he is at the law office. Uncharacteristically, he’s leaving at noon. It’s December 23rd, and an important deal closes the morning of the 24th. By late afternoon the heat is on; the client’s lawyers want to know where he is and the junior partners are making excuses since they don’t know. At 8 pm he returns, brushes past them and works through the night. The deal closes on time.

Years later it was discovered he had left to buy and deliver gifts to sick kids at St. Vincent’s Hospital.

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  • Shyam Gupta wrote ...

    Such a rich, inspirational share. Laddership sends us deep down our minds , to unlayer and understand what was there lying hidden within ourselves.
    Had a good fortune of attending Spring circle in India this year, it was just incredible and so inspiring and provocative in the correct direction.
    Hope to continue the values and purposes , co created during the circle, in the years to come .
    One of the questions which remain is "
    How can I be of service or create some value with my efforts and continue doing some radical acts of kindness, inspite of the society and family pressures to conform to what it considers "Normal" practices or a "normal" way of life.

  • Richard Whittaker wrote ...

    wow... thank you for this story.