Gut feeling, intuition, reading and online learning can broaden an entrepreneur’s knowledge, but experience is king.
You can get the needed experience through mentorship. Here, you have a mentor, who has succeeded in your choice of business, ready to share his experiences with you.
He gives you practical solutions and walks you through difficult situations and nudges you to fall in line, in places you may have overlooked, or have no knowledge about.
With mentorship, entrepreneurs can avoid unnecessary heartaches, and gather life time experiences, within a short time.
In a time when there is so much noise, having a mentor means, having a voice to hold on to.
There is just no underrating the benefits of mentorship for entrepreneurs.
Some of the important things that an entrepreneur can gain from being Mentored include the following:
As much as we can garner knowledge by reading books, there are everyday activities that will not get captured in books.
These everyday experiences are expensive assets that could be crucial to your journey as an entrepreneur.
Some personal and intimate experiences and how they are dealt with, can help you in your entrepreneurial journey.
Successful mentors have an unlimited network of people that can use in helping you through, as an entrepreneur.
Should they get invested in your journey, it becomes apparent that, they will let you in on their network of relevant contacts, as the need arises.
Entrepreneurship is a journey and it will get filled with joyous and difficult times.
Facing difficult times alone, can cause setbacks and reduce productivity.
With a mentor by your side, however, you can get up on your feet and not dwell too long on your failures.
A mentor has experienced the highs and lows of running a business and is in the perfect position to give you positive and soothing words, when things go south.
This is in addition to providing you with ideas to help you navigate through difficult times.
Below are some tips for you, in the course of finding mentors to help you grow and scale your business:
Willingness to teach
You should consider whether the potential mentor is willing to teach you.
Someone that has found success may not, necessarily, be willing, or ready to share knowledge with you.
It is, therefore, important to be familiar with potential mentors, get acquainted with their personality and ask them of their willingness to teach you.
As an entrepreneur, you should have set goals, or expectations. You should, clearly communicate your target, your mentor, at the initial stage.
This involves stating out the duration of the mentorship. What kind of activities will be involved?
How often, will you meet up with them? Will there be a mix of professional and domestic mentorship?
This is to ensure that you are both on the same page.
To avoid conflicts, going forward with getting mentored, it is best to look out for potential mentors you share similar values with.
This will ensure a smooth relationship between you and your mentor.
This is in addition to how you are more likely to learn more, from someone whose values are similar to yours.
Do you find religious beliefs important? Do you believe in work/life balance? Do you put your family first?
Working with someone who does not share the same faith with you, may sometimes, not be a perfect fit.
Someone, who spends most of the time working, may not be an ideal mentor either, s he may not have time for you.
While it is true that mentorship for entrepreneurs should get done logically, the idea is to ensure a smooth relationship.
It also entails being in an environment, where you can learn comfortably, as a mentee.
Mentorship for entrepreneurs is super important. A mentor does not have to be someone that everybody knows.
A mentor, however, should definitely be a successful person, especially, in the field you are pursuing as an entrepreneur.
You can, also, pick someone not too far from you. Just remember to have set goals, to communicate with them and pick someone that will get committed to you.
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