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My Hero

Let a mentor guide you on the path to success while sidestepping the potholes.

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This story appears in the April 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

There's nothing like having somebody who's been there before to show you the entrepreneurial ropes. Do you need help with your ? Want reassurance from someone who's struggled through the same startup challenges you're facing?

When it comes to college , Alvin Rohrs, president and CEO of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), a Springfield, Missouri-based nonprofit, says mentors can share the mistakes they have made and show you how to avoid making those mistakes yourself. Mentors can be anyone--from professors and advisors to local businesspeople. Plenty of universities with entrepreneurial programs put emphasis on mentoring; examples include the Center for Entrepreneurship Program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University in Tempe.

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