Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.”

—Niccolo Machiavelli, Italian writer and philosopher

The Missing Ingredient

When you’re mentoring someone, you are either involved in a mentoring interaction or a mentoring relationship.

In a mentoring interaction, you just happened (or were asked) to be at the right place, at the right time, and had the ability to offer valuable help to somebody. Typically, no-strings-attached applies in this sort of thing. You don’t commit to anything, you don’t expect anything back, and you may never even meet the mentee again. You just wanted to help, and in that one particular instance, you could, and you did. Practically anyone can “do” a mentoring interaction. ...

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