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Attracting a Mentor’s Help

Posted by 104Inc.com on November 4, 2008

Attracting a Mentor’s Help

When we approach another person to be our mentor, we are in effect asking that person to work for us, for free.  Formal mentoring programs offered by employers, community centers, church groups and so on commonly provide the mentors-usually by asking for volunteers.  The fact that enormous numbers of people do sign up to work, for free, reflects the goodwill that leads to helping relationships of various kinds (including mentoring).

However, people who volunteer to help others usually hope for three types of return for their effort:

  1. A sense that they are making a constructive difference to their mentee’s life
  2. An occasional expression of appreciation or more frequent acknowledgment from their mentee
  3. An enjoyable relationship
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