Sending the Elevator Back Down

The other night I watched the talented actor, Kevin Spacey, on David Letterman and he quoted his late friend and mentor, Jack Lemmon, who said that once you acquire a level of success in your field it is is your duty and privilege to "send the elevator back down" for others who could benefit from your mentoring or support. 

I would say that it is necessary, not only for those in the top of their fields, but everyone along the way.  Generosity is a value that is worth cultivating throughout your life.  If you want to be mentored, be a mentor.

Photo courtesy of Gideon Tsang.