I was recently listening to a lecture at my university about mentorship, and the premise of the presentation was this: mentoring should be approached as a business relationship. In my opinion, mentors are absolutely crucial to one's success; They provide emotional intelligence advice, expertise based on their experience, and an unbiased look for the outside.
While I have never really had a proper mentor myself, other than some knowledgable people I have become close with during the years, I find it peculiar that you can initiate mentorship as a business venture of sorts. Now, obviously both parties benefit from it because of different perspectives and different strengths, but I have always assigned a kind of parental vibe to my mentors, rather than viewing them as potential business partners.
I am of the opinion that the reason why I have not gotten a hold of a mentor yet is because I have been passive about it. Experts suggest one to be aggressive and bold, when on the lookout for a mentor.
What has your experience with mentorship been like? Have you ever had any that were in the field you aspire to work in?