No matter how good you are at your craft, you should always consider the importance of having a mentor.
Most business owners and successful online entrepreneurs will admit that a mentor was in fact a big part of their success journey.
A lot of people feel like they can do everything on their own and this is something that can lead to a lot of headaches and a lot of problems.
If you are serious about succeeding in life, you will need to know the importance of having a mentor.
There really is nothing like having someone tell you that what you are doing is wrong or even encourage you when you are doing things right.
A lot of people go through life without having an idea as to what they are doing and this is why it’s important to have someone guide you.
Having a mentor who has “been there and done that” will take you through the steps and let you know if you make a mistake. A mentor is someone that is more experienced and someone that you can put your trust in.
Remember that there are mistakes that you can commit without you ever really knowing they are mistakes and this will have a detrimental effect on your efforts, your business and your mindset and so finding the right mentor is of utmost importance.
However, finding one that you trust and can work with can be one of the toughest tasks you undertake.
Though you might associate a “mentor” as someone that is older than you, a good idea is to simply just worry about their experience and knowledge.
The person does not need to be older but someone that can truly guide you the right way. Whether it is your boss, teacher, coach or even a family member, it is important that you choose one correctly.
If you are serious about succeeding and being able to avoid mistakes with your business or life in general, it is crucial that you find the best mentor possible.
Small Business BC wrote an article some time back about three famous billionaire entrepreneurs and their mentors.
- Mark Zuckerberg, Co-Founder and CEO, Facebook
- Bill Gates, Founder and Technology Advisor, Microsoft
- Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group
“A small amount of time invested on your part to share your expertise can open up a new world for someone else.” – Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg made headlines back in 2014 for making $1.6 billion in one day propelling his net worth to $33.3 billion (slightly more positive that the most recent headlines he has faced). So how did the Harvard graduate create a lucrative company that has transformed the world? In an interview with American talk show host Charlie Rose, Zuckerberg talked about his inspiring mentor Steve Jobs. “He was amazing,” said Zuckerberg. “I had a lot of questions for him.” He described how Jobs gave him advice about how he could build a team that was as focused as Zuckerberg on building “high quality and good things”. They also both believed that their life paths were meant for more than just building businesses. They wanted to change the lives of people. Zuckerberg wrote in a final farewell Facebook post to Jobs: “Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world.”
“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” – Bill Gates
Bill Gates is currently listed as the second richest person in the world (at the time of this post). The Harvard drop-out credits part of his success to his mentor, businessman and investor, Warren Buffet. During an interview with CBC, Gates credited Buffet for teaching him how to deal with tough situations and how to think long-term. Gates also greatly admires Buffet’s “desire to teach things that are complex and put them in a simple form, so that people can understand and get the benefit of all his experience.” Buffet is empowered by Gates too. “What I really most admire about Bill is the view he has about what he should do with the wealth he’s accumulated…he knows he’s a beneficiary of a terrific society.”
“If you ask any successful businessperson, they will always (say they) have had a great mentor at some point along the road.” – Richard Branson
Richard Branson understands the importance of mentorship. Branson asked British airline entrepreneur, Sir Freddie Laker, for guidance during his struggle to get Virgin Atlantic off the ground. Branson wrote in British newspaper The Sun: “It’s always good to have a helping hand at the start. I wouldn’t have got anywhere in the airline industry without the mentorship of Sir Freddie Laker.” Branson believes the first step to finding a great mentor is admitting you can benefit from a mentor: “Understandably there’s a lot of ego, nervous energy and parental pride involved, especially with one- or two-person start-ups…Going it alone is an admirable, but foolhardy and highly flawed approach to taking on the world.”
If you have an experienced mentor it can be life changing and extremely valuable to your personal development and your business. Whether your relationship is just for one year, or ongoing throughout your business journey, mentorship can empower you and drastically increase the chance of your business succeeding.
Have you had an experience with a mentor? Let us know in the comments below.