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Mo Rajabifard @morajabi
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— "Hi! Can you mentor me?"
— ☠️ No answer

— Hey! I'm Mo, I do X.
Quick Question: How do I learn this Y thing correctly?
A short sentence can do, I know you're busy :)

— "Hey Mo! You can do it this way ..."

✅ Gets an answer the same day!
I don't use "mentor" often...

Despite getting advice from many (friends) and giving advice to people reaching out.

Just do:
— A quick intro related to your question
— Your question, written short and specific, with a clear call to action
— A nice word
— A warm emoji sometimes
... And they'll answer your question when they had time.

Be careful if you want to follow-up, don't be anything less than polite, nice, and like someone who truly wants to learn.

Anyone cares about his/her life. They do not have to answer you, if they do, be extra nice. 💌
😼 You want to give back?

Often you can't teach advisors or mentors,
(although, listening to people is a lesson on its own)

What can you do to be thankful? 👇
How to give back to mentors?

— Grow. Show you actually listened to their wisdom, not wasted time
— Help Others. Pay forward. Yes, you can.
— Send 'em articles you think they're interested (better ask if they like this)
— Don't stop at "Thanks". Tell them they *how* it's helpful.
😖 Don't be afraid to send DMs!

I mean, what's the worst case? But if they answer, it most likely helps you a lot!
Known people on Twitter for a skill, know how to help well. Most are very nice, too.
Tell them *they* 🤦‍♀️ no edit button tho
For DM-ing known people, it's MUCH better if you do a bit work upfront.
To put your name in their sight BEFORE DM-ing:

— ❤️ Like their tweets. Write *meaningful* replies. Not to fake it, the more natural, the better
— Contribute to their Github projects
— Consume their work
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