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One of the questions I am asked the most is, How does one go about finding a mentor? The advice that a lot of the executives interview for this newsletter give is, “Ask someone.” A lot of people expect a mentor to find them and take them under their wing. While that certainly happens, you should feel just as capable of finding your own mentor. There are two basic steps to take before you “ask someone”: get yourself ready for a mentor, and start searching for one.
Before you ask someone to be a mentor, you first need to ask yourself why you want a mentor. As noted in the article last issue, the best way to get ready for mentoring is think about where you want your career to go. A mentor is best equipped to help when both you and your mentor know what your goals are. Once you have established your longer term objectives, then think about how a mentor might help you. Mentors can help you think through a path to success, help you open doors to opportunities, or just be a sounding board for you as you work on your future.
After you have thought through your goals and the role you want a mentor to play, start looking for a mentor. Below are sources you might consider:
Wherever you go to find a mentor, keep in mind these two pieces of advice: