What do carpenters, tailors and teachers have in common? They all use a pencil! And each one of them has the same use for this tiny tool - to make markings.
The teacher will pencil in a query, tick a sentence and circle a word on the paper. The carpenter will draw small straight lines with the pencil to mark the area for sawing the wood while the tailor will pencil-mark a dotted line to run the stitches over the cloth. Once done, the markings are easily erased, painted over and washed, leaving no trace of anything but the final result.
The best coaches and mentors will mould and manage people with the same approach – they make crucial corrective marks in our lives, marks which fade, but the results are there for all to see.
It is vital to note that an indelible mark, has turned into a scar. It means that the corrective measure was harsh and has hurt the sentiments of the individual. On the other hand, a non-erasable mark can mean that a coach has taken all the credit for success. True mentors make a mark but leave no scars.
A pencil mark