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Part II: The Proactive Mentee > Attracting a Mentor’s Help

Chapter 14. 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:


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