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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?”
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