The Power of having a Business Mentor Pt 2: What to Look for in a mentor!

How to Choose the Right Mentor For Your Business? ….What to look for in a Mentor!

As discussed in my previous POST on why you need a mentor in your business, mentors are like guides or anchors that help you bridge the gap of failing and fast track your route to success due to their experience but the best mentors aren’t necessarily your business idol, as their advice may not be exactly what you need in this point of your career.

In any home based business, you must believe in the knowledge, skills and networks that mentors bring to be really invaluable in context. So sometimes a mentor can be too far ahead of where you are, while the best mentor is two or three steps ahead of you. It’s a bit like the old line, ‘To the year one kid, the year two kid is a god’.

What to look for in a mentor?

  1. Your mentor Must have achieved exactly what you want and worth emulating: if you’re looking for a mentor, look for one who has produced the kind of business results that you would like to emulate and who has the relevant experience and networks in your field.
  2. Your mentor must deserve your respect and easy to bond with: it’s a relationship between you and your mentor that matters most, and it needs to be encouraged, nurtured, and developed. They don’t just happen because you show up.
  3.  Your mentor must always be willing to help you to succeed: It is absolutely important to choose a mentor who is interested and desires to make you succeed. They must be reachable and willing to guide you when you need them most. They must really to after you and caution you when you are wrong or push you to act when the chips are down.

How many mentors can You have?

In my own opinion, you may wish to look for a number of mentors to help you with different parts of your business. Mentors come in different shapes and sizes, and it’s not unusual to have more than one mentor. I think people who expect one mentor to address all their needs are putting a lot of pressure on one person, when mentors can be seasonal depending on their specialties; for instance You might have one issue with your business this year and next year, it’s a different story.

You must realize that no one person has all the answers for your business and even mentors don’t always have the right answers for you. They’re someone you can put a question to, to ask an opinion, they’re someone you gather some information and knowledge and experience from, but at the end of the day, you’re the one who’s going to make the decisions.

Caution: Sometimes to get a good mentor, you must look outside your field!

Yeah! I know I might have contradicted myself, I strongly believe that it sometimes pays to think outside the box when it comes to looking for a good mentor. I don’t think you need to have somebody in your field to be a good mentor, and sometimes, it can be better that way. At the end of the day, you want to run your business how you want to do it. To have a mentor who is in internet marketing just takes you more down their path than if you are interesting in prospecting or personal development. To have a mentor who can give you advice on practical things that are outside your industry can give you a new perspective on it.

In a nutshell, these are what a good mentor can give you;

  • They monitor your progress
  • Keeps you level headed
  • Guides you to the right direction
  • Teaches accountability
  • Compels you to perform
  • Tells you what you need to hear than what you want to hear
  • Mentors can inspire you – They will pat your back and tell you “congrats! Good job! well done!”
  • – And if you encounter temporary failures and setbacks, mentors are the first one to ask you “what did you learn from that experience?”

Your Turn,

Ensure that you choose the right mentor. You can share your ideas on how you chose your mentor if you already have one. However, if you are looking for a good mentor, click Here now

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To your success,

Kenny Olowu


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  • Amnuai Beckenham

    November 29, 2011

    Kenny a superb post that gives everyone all the details they need to be able to identify the best possible mentor for them.

    This was even better than part 1 for me and i thank you for sharing such important and practical advice

    • kenny olowu

      November 30, 2011

      Hi Amnuai,
      I am really glad you like you like the post . It is one issue that I believed changed my perspective about being an entrepreneur that you don’t have to re-invent the wheels to be successful.

      Also, thanks for your kind words. Have a blessed day!

      kindest regards,


  • Christian

    November 29, 2011

    Nice post indeed. However…. in a world full of fake mentors I advice to be your own mentor based on your own feeling and good sense.

    Rara avis is a easy word for that notion and even this post are awesome I believe a man who deserve to lead me must have more qualities and must be defined using more points than above.

    But it is a good start.

    Thank you.


    • kenny olowu

      November 30, 2011

      hello Christian,
      You are right and I respect your opinions. unfortunately, there are some very bad mentors that are very detrimental to your success. I think we just have to use our head like you said and evaluate, if the mentor is not adding any values towards our overall business growth, then its time to ditch such mentors.
      Likewise I can tell you ,there are some very good mentors that are like God sent angels, they are very instrumental to our success. I strongly believe when you see a good mentor, one can easily identify them.

      Thanks for your lovely insight Christian.

      kindest regards,

      kenny Olowu

  • Viola Tam

    November 30, 2011

    HiHi, Kenny,

    Great points! Especially about the one on multiple mentors. I totally agree with you that many are needed in various areas. Interesting that you mentioned about learning from mistakes! My latest blog is on that topic too.

    Viola Tam

    • kenny olowu

      November 30, 2011

      Thanks Viola, I will check out your latest blog post to myself..


  • Radu

    November 30, 2011

    Hi Kenny,
    Great tips here buddy. Indeed, a mentor must have the traits and results you want to manifest. Yet, I believe the mentor is in harmony with your level of passion, dedication and preparation. As you climb on the ladder of success the right mentors will come exactly when you’re ready for it.
    When the student is ready, the master appears…
    We must be open and detached during this process…some of them will have a greater impact on our growth while others don’t.
    I have one at this moment but I’m sure that others will show up as I grow:)
    Thanks for sharing your inshights and keep going. I love to see your progress:)

    • Kenny olowu

      December 28, 2011

      Great comment Radu, I’m glad we are on the same boat… growth is vital in accomplishing our cause, it is vital to choose the right mentor! Thanks budy for your insights!
      Complimnts of the seasons.

      Kindest regards,