Growing up, the typical entrepreneur was involved in a plethora of diverse activities like sports, camps, youth organisations, social service, etc. Entrepreneurs are well rounded, and this type of upbringing is how they got there. At each one of these activities there was a leader: a teacher, coach, parent, well -wisher, etc. The type of person who has been in your shoes and wants nothing more than to help you progress to the hilt. Entrepreneurs at startups need the same thing, just with one drastic difference between growing up, and now. That difference is they’re not appointed or assigned to you, you must go and find them yourself.
Finding mentors should not be an accidental meet, should be more professional. You first court them on “dating sites” i.e. LinkedIn, meet them at networking events, or ask for recommendations from trusted peers. Seeking a mentor with the goal of raising money or selling them something is a strict no..
At the first meeting your only job is to have fun and take-in information. The culmination of this meeting will result in a decision for both of you: “is this person worth spending more time with?” That’s why this meeting is as much about being fun, special, and entertaining as it is about being inquisitive. The answer to this question therein lies in these characteristics of the relationship: