A mentorship is crucial to the growth of a new entrepreneur. There is a lot they do not know, and a mentor can help. Gigaom recently discussed a few mistakes that new entrepreneurs make with their mentor.

Take yourself out of the running before you’re in the running

Some pre-preneurs take themselves out of the hunt for a mentor. They think they’re not qualified. I call this premature disqualification.

Fake it

People with money know when you’re faking getting mentored.

Confuse being off the radar with being off the grid

Just because you’re no longer tethered to your VC mentor does not mean you should panic. Maybe he doesn’t know what to say. Maybe she is unfocused right now. Being off their radar is not off the grid, so be patient.

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