"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results." - Kenneth Blanchard
This quote conveys an important distinction between the words interest and commitment. Many people will respond that they have an interest in mentoring but the true test is whether they can be committed to creating a mentoring relationship. Nowhere is this more apparent than in ensuring that meetings take place between the two partners. This visible sign of commitment allows for trust to build and sets the stage for the potential of having a transformational experience.
The most common response I get when pairs don't work is that they just couldn't meet regularly due to (insert excuse here) getting in the way of being able to meet. I've never met a mentor or mentoree who had plenty of time on their hands. In my experience each mentor and mentoree has a full plate; but the difference between those that make it work and those that don'tbis the commitment to meet regularly. It's as simple and as complicated as that.
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