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There’s a lot of talk out there about mentors, especially regarding where to find them, how to ask them for guidance, and what to do to keep that relationship strong.

But if you’re like most people, you’re probably struggling with the very first step: How do you find an amazing mentor in a sea of professionals, and how do you get that person to want to help you?

If you’re stuck, these nine awesome resources can move you along.

  1. First and foremost, stop thinking of mentorship as something you get and think about it as something you do. (99U)
  2. Mentorship is all about what you put into it as the mentee, too. Make sure you can dedicate the time and energy necessary to be mentored properly. (Forbes)
  3. There are eight levels of mentorship (the highest of which is finding an actual mentor). Are you utilizing the other seven? (Michael Hyatt)
  4. Here’s something important about finding your career spirit guide: That person doesn’t even have to work in your field. (Fast Company)
  5. You can’t land the best mentor ever until you explicitly map out your goals and set clear expectations as to how having an experienced person there can help you achieve them. (Entrepreneur)
  6. If you have no idea what type of mentor you’re looking for, these 10 things can be incredibly important for narrowing your search. (LinkedIn)
  7. Take some mentorship advice from one of the most successful entrepreneurs (and mentors) of all time: Richard Branson. (Virgin)
  8. So, you finally found someone you think would be the perfect mentor. One important question: How the heck do you get him or her on board? (Lifehacker)
  9. Don’t be afraid to ask that big, important person to be your mentor. You just have to know what steps to take to get there. (The Muse)