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In reality, this connection doesn't require a purity test to confirm the mentor/ment...
Too many people end up disappointed when they realize their mentor has limits.
Even the strongest relationships have boundaries.
But just because a mentor doesn't want to take on risk, or circumnavigate the ninth circle of hell with you, doesn't invalidate ...
A mentor should have knowledge to share, advice on certain experiences, personal stories relevant to yours, or ways of thinking that can influence your decision-making and problem-solving.
But rarely will a mentor be your confidante, emotional support system, knowledge base, brainstorm...
Unless your mentor is a supervisor or someone senior in your organization, the expectation that he/she will make introductions and open doors is a romantic, but misguided, one.
Instead, mentors prefer empowering their mentees to carve out their own opportunities.
You are not worthy of mentorship just because you decide so. Mentorship is a two-way street, and a mentor wants to grow with her mentee.
A mentor needs to gain something from the interaction, whether it's a vicarious experience of exciting new projects.
A great mento...
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