If you work or own a business, then you need a mentor.
A mentor is a person who you look up too, is uber experienced in your industry and is professionally, that person you aspire to be.
Oh, and they are super successful.
When I’m career coaching or small business coaching, this is one of the first pieces of advice I will give to a client and it’s probably the best piece of advice. If you’re looking to succeed in business, then get someone on your side who you can go to for guidance, who has a lot more experience in the industry that you’re in and to repeat myself, is SUCCESSFUL!!
You can’t put a price on good experience, it’s something that comes with age and obviously, experience and it’s the ultimate tool that is going to save you time and money.
Your mentor will have been there and done that, so will be able to practically guide you through some of the pitfalls of the industry that you’re in and probably save you a lot of heart ache and probably money. Plus, if they don’t know the answer to something, they will know someone who does.
Tips for Finding Your Mentor?
- You can have more than one mentor. You don’t have restrict yourself to one.
- My advice is to approach more than one mentor anyway because you will get knocked back initially.
- It doesn’t have to be someone you know necessarily, although this obviously helps.
- Identify that person or people in your industry who you would like to be basically. It can be someone in your company or it can be someone external the company, doesn’t matter.
- If you can’t automatically think of someone then brainstorm with colleagues or research.
- Approach them directly if you can, but if you don’t know them, try and find a mutual acquaintance to introduce you.
- Explain you’re looking for a mentor and would love for them to take on that role. Stress that it’s not onerous to them, it will consist of may be two to three meetings a year, at their favourite restaurant (or whatever is appropriate) and will take up about one hour of their time.
- You shouldn’t need to pay a mentor, although I know some people who charge for their time.
- If you find a mentor and they charge, it may be worth a few of you clubbing together to pay their fees.
- Respect them for the time they give you and their experience but don’t abuse the relationship otherwise they will simply stop seeing you.
How To Use Your Mentor
Use your mentor in those instances when you’ve hit that brick wall and despite your best efforts, you can’t find a solution.
I stress, use them in those instances where despite your best efforts, you’re can’t find a solution.
I stress this because the mentor won’t appreciate it if you haven’t given the problem proper thought and consideration.
I recommend, pre-meeting with your mentor, you email them with one MAX two problems and also outline the potential solutions that you’ve come up with. This shows you’ve given the matter thought.
Try to restrict meeting them to a maximum of two to three times a year.
That’s it. Simple yet soo effective and worth it’s weight gold.
Use your mentor to run things past when things get tricky or you can’t see a way forward.
You won’t regret it!
I hope this helped.
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