If you’ve ever had a great mentor in your life, you know how valuable and rewarding a mentor/mentee relationship can be. But how do you find and “land” a great mentor?
Do you straight-up ask someone that you admire to be your mentor? That’s a bit like walking up to a supermodel in a bar and asking her (him) to be your fiancee. You can come off as presumptuous and a bit stalker-y (“I will not be ignored, Dan”). After all, mentorship implies a long-term nurturing relationship. What if your potential mentor just isn’t that into you? Awwwwwkward.
However, I have had lots of great experiences with mentors and know that it’s worth the effort to find a good one. So when Jessica at UpMo.com asked me to answer some questions about the care and feeding of mentors, I had lots to talk about. Check out our Q&A on mentorship.
Do you have advice to share on the subject? How did you find your most influential mentor? How have mentees approached you?