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Friday Q&A: How Many Mentors Should You Have?

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Every Friday, we’re answering your questions about business, startups, customer success and more.

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This week’s question comes from Jonah Walker, who asks:

This question appeared on our post about influencer outreach mistakes.

I wish I had a magic number for this, but the real answer is, it depends.

Mentor relationships can vary greatly from one case to the next, and it all comes down to a couple variables:

As to the third part of the question:

If you do have multiple mentors, do you ask them all for advice about the same issue or do you target it to a particular mentor?

I’ve never emailed them all the same question. I always direct my questions to those who I feel will have the greatest expertise with that topic, to both respect all of my mentors’ time and to maximize my chances of getting great, targeted feedback while calling in as few favors as possible.

For more, check out the guide I wrote for connecting with awesome mentors.

How about you? How do you manage relationships with the people that you learn from? Let us know in the comments!

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Alex Turnbull is the CEO & Founder of Groove (simple helpdesk software for small businesses) who loves to build startups and surf.

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