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A mutually rewarding relationship needs to develop over time, with both parties respecting each other. I’ve learned (as an entrepreneur) that it’s important to listen to quality advice and act on it whenever practical, and provide good feedback to the mentor(s). Mentors become engaged and vested when they see that their energy is productive. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen mentors take on an “ownership” position when they feel vested. It’s really amazing and incredibly satisfying as an entrepreneur when your advisors start to “believe,” and commit emotionally by introducing you to their network, provide money, access, and all the other cool things. I can also personally attest to how satisfying it is, as a mentor, to see my advice and perspective applied in tangible ways. It works all the way around.
find “good’ mentors
listen to them
implement advice when practical/possible
I agree that entrepreneurs can develop lifelong relationships with their mentors. One of my early mentors passed away over the summer, and I think about him almost daily.
There you go. My two cents………….