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WHY YOU NEED A MENTOR
Are you just starting out as an entrepreneur? Or already started your business and thinking of pushing it to the next level? Or even afraid to start because of inexperience? FIND A MENTOR!
Bob Proctor wrote, “A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.” Most times, entrepreneurs want to be independent and make personal decisions that affect their business. This is a good skill to have if you want to go far but young entrepreneurs and businessmen mostly take decisions based on emotions. That’s where a mentor is needed to guide and help in decision making.
Bill Gates was mentored by Warren Buffet, Mark Zuckerberg by Steve Jobs and Jobs by Mike Markkula, etc.
- Wealth of experience
A mentor has invaluable experience from years in the business world which he can impact on a new entrepreneur to prevent making the same mistakes beginners make. Mentors provide information, deep insights into industry best practices. A mentor knows what it takes to succeed and where you need to improve.
- Network opportunities
Mentors provide a platform to connect to stakeholders or businessmen far beyond a young entrepreneur’s experience. Everyone needs a network to succeed. Mentors provide this easily, instead of the young entrepreneur building that network for years.
- Stretches you
For starters, entrepreneurship can be overwhelming and after a few weeks or months you want to rest and get into your comfort zone. A mentor stretches and pushes you to limits you thought you can’t handle. A good mentor sets dangerous boundaries, continues to push you even after some success in your business.
Having a successful person who you look up to for advice and support tends to inspire you to become a success. It brings about growth personally, intellectually and professionally. The drive to be better than your mentor inspires you to work harder and improve daily.
- They are free
Unlike books you buy or business seminars you pay to attend, mentors are free. You don’t pay anything. They impact years of experience, time and resources in you for no cost whatsoever.