Don’t confuse someone for being a BUDDY with being a MENTOR. A buddy is someone who hangs out with you, does FAMILY with you, and is there to give emotional support. A mentor is not someone you socialize with or call to come over for a BBQ, although emotionally connected with a level of caring, is more concerned with your growth and development. He sees something in you and in his own special way helps you to realize your potential. So, how do you know for sure, friend or mentor? It’s all in how you feel comfortable in introducing him. It would naturally feel strange to introduce your friend as your mentor, and the same if you introduce your mentor as your friend.