A frequent question I get asked as a mentoring expert is: "How do you get someone to be your mentor?" My reply: "You just have to ask." Though that statement is true, it's easier said than done. It's important to remember, however, that mentors are very willing to help because there is an inherent sense of satisfaction in mentoring someone and seeing them grow as a result of the relationship. If you keep that in mind, then it can free you from the fear of asking. In addition, begin a dialogue with questions that engage the mentor and asking becomes easier so that you're more likely to get a positive response. It takes a risk to ask someone to be your mentor but the payoff is high!
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