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National Mentoring Month: 10 life-changing stories from celebrities

We all know the celebrity – but only rarely do we see the mentor who made it all possible. In "The Person Who Changed My Life," edited by former New York First Lady Matilda Raffa Cuomo, celebrities and public figures share tales of a mentor who affected their lives profoundly. Here, as we celebrate National Mentoring Month, are 10 of those stories.

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By White House Photograph Office

1. William Jefferson Clinton

Former president Clinton remembered his grandparents and a college professor who taught him the importance of American values as important figures in his life. But it was Nelson Mandela, he says, who gave him the best advice he ever received. "He came out of twenty-seven years in prison a stronger, greater man than he was when he went in," Clinton wrote. "He said his transformation began when he realized his tormentors could take everything from him 'except my mind and my heart. Those things I would have to give them. I decided not to give them away. And neither should you.' "


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