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Looking for a mentor? Find yourself a “frientor”: a friend-mentor

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It’s hard to find a good mentor.

And most people don’t make it any easier on themselves. If you ask them who they want for a mentor, they’ll throw out the names of world-famous entrepreneurs or business people like Gary V., Oprah, Elon Musk, Warren Buffet, and more.

You may really want Musk as your mentor—but so does everybody else. And the reality is, those “top-of-the-mountain” individuals might not be the best mentors for you anyway. They could open doors, sure. But they probably don’t have much time available to sit down with you to help guide your career and give you sage advice.

Fortunately, if you’re having trouble finding a mentor, there’s another option right under your nose—”frientors.”

A frientor is a knowledgeable friend that you can call upon for advice on a specific situation. And when you have a question or need help with a project, you know you can turn to them. It’s a more reciprocal dynamic than the traditional mentor-mentee relationship, and the best part is, there’s no limit to the number of frientors you can cultivate over a lifetime.

Having a mentor can be great for some people. But for many, having a wide network of frientors can be better.

Here’s why those........

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