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Looking for a Mentor? Be a Good Protégé

We have recently looked at the importance of mentors in our lives as well as taken a look at some famous mentoring relationships.  We have also looked at tips on how to be a good mentor. Let us now look at how to be a good student.

Mentee: Pronunciation: men-ˈtē

Function: noun

Etymology: mentor + -ee

Date: 1965

: one who is being mentored : protégé

Usually a mentor will automatically be drawn into your life through a working or personal relationship.  Many times a person will notice your talent and enthusiasm and the mentoring relationship just happens.  Sometimes you will reach out to someone you admire to ask for their guidance and support.  Below are some simple but important guidelines for being a good steward of your mentor’s time and expertise.

Simple and Courteous Mentee Guidelines:

  • Always respect confidentiality
  • Honor your commitments
  • Be respectful of their time
  • Do your homework
  • Exercise good listening
  • Ask questions
  • Set clear goals for yourself
  • No hysteria or drama!
  • Let them know how much you appreciate them

“Knowledge is learning something every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day.”
– Zen Proverb

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Judy W Bell

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