“When you see greatness, learn from it. Respect it.” That’s the key lesson Alexander Hamilton learned early in his career says Jeff Wilser, author of the book “Alexander Hamilton’s Guide to Life,” in a recent post.

At age 20, Hamilton became an “aide-de-camp” to General George Washington. Not bad, considering he was tending mules in the West Indies just five years earlier.

As the youngest and the brightest of the general’s men, Hamilton was a quick study and a devoted aide. He learned the value of networking – writing letters to Congress on Washington’s behalf and establishing himself as a link between the civilian government and the commander in chief. Under Washington’s wing, Hamilton developed the skills, contacts and reputation that fueled his rise.

What Hamilton learned so early on is still relevant today. Regardless of your industry and your position in it, a mentor can open doors and facilitate connections that will serve your career for years to come. Your job may expand well beyond its official description once your mentor sees what you’re capable of, affording more opportunities to learn and grow.

So how do you go about finding a mentor? In this post by Amy Elisa Jackson, Levo League, you’ll learn how – and how not  to – pursue a mentorship.