Having a mentor is a good way to push your career forward, but at their core mentorships aren't just about making connections — they can actually save you a lot of time and mistakes if you take the time to learn from them.
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The whole point of a mentorship is to learn from the experience of the person who's been in your shoes at one point in their career, so it makes sense that if you put the right level of effort into hearing their stories and asking how they have handled similar situations in their career — rather than just asking them how to do a specific thing — you'll get some tips to save time and jump hurdles you'd otherwise spend precious time and energy trying to sort out yourself.
Their advice stops you from making the mistakes they have already made or seen countless others make. In some cases, this can save you years.
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