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The Secret to Finding a Great Mentor: Don't Ask to Be Mentored

Many entrepreneurs think of mentorship all wrong. And that means they're missing the great mentors in front of them.

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This story appears in the July 2018 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

“Will you be my mentor?” When I became editor in chief, I was unprepared for how often I’d be asked this question. It came from a teenager at a business conference, who waited around to talk with me until everyone else had left. From a first-time entrepreneur through an Instagram DM. From a podcast host, after an interview. From a startup founder, after I put her in the magazine. It happens every few weeks now, and I’m not alone in this. Many successful entrepreneurs tell me it happens to them, too.

Nigel Parry

Related: 7 Reasons You Need a Mentor for Entrepreneurial Success

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