Once you’ve given some thought to the goals of your desired mentoring relationship, it’s time to go after it. Depending on the potential mentor, it may seem extremely intimidating to ask for their help. You’ll come up with all of the reasons why this person has no time or desire to mentor you. But here’s the deal, most people are happy to share their time and expertise with people genuinely interested in growing professionally. Not only do they get to give back, but let’s be honest, it’s flattering to be identified as someone that is respected, admired, and that you want to learn from. Every mentoring relationship I ever had happened because I asked. In some cases, I asked leaders that I feared would wonder where I came from and why I was asking them for support. I was very junior in my career and this made me nervous. But each mentor I solicited willingly and enthusiastically took me under their wings. Of course, not every potential mentor will have the capacity or desire to help, but you don’t know if you don’t ask. Be brave!