Mentoring doctoral students is one of the most challenging and important tasks faced by faculty teaching in PhD programs. Receiving effective mentoring is central to students’ success in their graduate education. Without quality mentors, many graduate students do not have positive experiences, are unprepared for the life of an academic, and even drop out of graduate school. Previous research also reveals that mentors are closely tied to success after graduation. This essay contains observations and suggestions for becoming a successful mentor based on our years of experience.