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201 GREAT IDEAS for Your SMALL BUSINESS, Third Edition by Jane Applegate

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GREAT 169 IDEA: Find a Mentor and Be a Mentor

Finding a mentor is a great idea. A mentor can steer you around the potholes and buoy you up when you are drowning in confusion.

I have been fortunate to have several mentors, who played a significant role in my life.

My first mentor was the late Dr. James Julian, a respected and feared professor who taught media law at San Diego State University. He was tough, demanding, and grouchy. I was afraid of him, especially when he peppered us with complicated legal concepts and rattled us with eye-crossing exams.

One day, he abruptly stopped lecturing to reprimand me for whispering to a friend. I was mortified. He told me to meet him in his office immediately after class. I was shaking when I sat down across ...

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