Being thoughtful in whom you approach about a mentoring relationship can make the difference between a valuable experience and a waste of time.
Find a mentor with experience and skills you want to emulate.
Look for someone willing to listen to what you need and not just talk about himself.
Choose a person who has a deep, broad perspective on the world and insight into life.
Search for someone with time to meet with you regularly, even if it isn't a heavy investment.
Make sure whomever you ask is willing to be open about her mistakes and forthright in her feedback to you.
Look for someone who commands respect and whose influence benefits others.