Many entrepreneurs and small business owners try to take on all the challenges, obstacles, and complications that prevent their businesses from succeeding. Two important driving forces of entrepreneurship are independence and a strong sense of self-confidence. This is when a mentor can help guide you to success.
For any entrepreneur, small business owner, or employee, a mentor is like having a big brother. A mentor can be many things from giving an occasional useful tips to providing support, knowledge, and encouragement to you to help you achieve your career goals and dreams.
For employees, there is increasing pressure to do more and contribute to the company. Often this means being more focused and knowledgeable with fewer resources and support. If you feel that your are continuously under pressure to keep up, increase your skills, and demonstrate your talents simultaneously, don’t worry you are not alone.
A mentor must be someone you who has more life experience than you, someone you like and admire, and thinks and shares your values and morals. A mentor can provide you with an invaluable informal education. Even Larry Page, Steve Jobs, and Richard Branson received guidance from mentors. It does not matter who you are or what you have achieved, a good mentor is an invaluable asset in any person life and business.
“A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could.’” – Zig Ziglar
There are countless benefits of having an experienced mentor on your team. Here are few benefits of having a mentor:
- A mentor can offer you expert advice and guidance based on their actual experience.
- If you have an idea for your business or product then having a mentor to bounce these ideas off can help you plan and organize how to put them into action and make them a reality. Your mentor may be able to see potential pitfalls and opportunities.
- Having a good mentor does not cost you a cent except for time. A good mentor will never expect anything in return for the help they are providing.
- A mentor can help to find and highlight both your strengths and weaknesses in your business model. It is very easy to develop tunnel vision as to the best way to achieve your career goals and objectives.
- If you find the right person to mentor you then this can develop into a life-long relationship and sharing go of knowledge and experience.
- It’s all too easy to get distracted these days so having someone to help you stay on track and focus your attention on the important things will help you maintain your personal growth and smash your professional targets.
- There are time you want to vent your frustrations but cannot do this with partners, employees , or customers without causing instability. Mentors can help you vent and solve the causes of your frustration.
- With the knowledge that you have a credible mentor on your team can provide you with that self-confidence when facing difficult business situations.
- You can gain a different and fresh perspective to all your questions, confusions, and ideas.
- You don’t have to stick to one mentor. Multiple mentors will allow you to borrow bits of expertise from lots of different people to compile a comprehensive, well-rounded cache of knowledge.
- Starting and running a business is difficult and there are always many challenges during the early stages. Many business owners go through the same struggles and this when a mentor can provide encouragement and first-hand knowledge as to how he or she overcame these situations.
- Not only can mentors help you improve your business skills, they can also help you with methods and strategies that will benefit you throughout your career.
- Any good mentor bring along a network of industry connections that can open doors for you.
- A mentor can help you with those skills that you lack or are struggling with.