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How do you get the most out of your mentoring experience?

Let the game come to you. There are all sorts of organizational mentoring programs that attempt to play matchmaker, but the best mentoring relationships happen naturally and are an especially rich kind of friendship.

They are a bit like butterflies. If you seek them too energetically, they will fly away from you, riding the air current you generate with your pursuit. But if you are still, they will find you.

Realize that you can have more than one mentor. Some will be for different stages of your life and career. Others will be for different skills or challenges. Some will be your mentor for days; others will be around for a lifetime.

When you have a mentor, you are part of a relationship. Expect to do your part. Good mentoring relationships benefit both parties.


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