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<h1>How to ask your mentors for help</h1>
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I have three mentors.
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When I’m stuck on a problem and need their help, I take the time to write a good description of my dilemma, before reaching out to them.
I summarize the context, the problem, my options, and thoughts on each.
I make it as succinct as possible so as not to waste their time.
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Before sending it, I try to predict what they’ll say.
Then I go back and update what I wrote to address these obvious points in advance.
Finally, I try again to predict what they’ll say to this, based on what they’ve said in the past and what I know of their philosophy.
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Then, after this whole process, I realize I don’t need to bother them because the answer is now clear.
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If anything, I might email to thank them for their continued inspiration.
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Truth is, I’ve hardly talked with my mentors in years.
None of them know they are my mentors.
And one doesn’t know I exist.
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