When first starting out there is always that little voice of self-doubt in our head that questions our very existence as an entrepreneur. It raises the questions that we fear the most – “am I good enough?”, and more to the point, “will people like my product/service enough to hand over their hard earned cash?” These are the questions that can haunt a solo flyer, with no one to confide in or bounce ideas off. There is always that moment in an entrepreneur’s career when self-doubt creeps in and you wish there was someone around to offer some useful advice and insight.
A mentor, by definition is: an experienced or trusted advisor. They’ve got a book-full of success stories and a truckload of failures, in which they’ve lived, learnt and grown from. Apart from experience, a business mentor can be an unlimited source of motivational fuel when you’re running on empty. They have the ability to silence all negative thoughts and offer resolutions instead.
Checkout our top four reasons for why you need a business mentor:
Got big dreams? Good. Want to do the impossible? Sure. Are you scared? Definitely.
Finding the right mentor is about finding someone that believes you can push the limits. The late, Zig Ziglar, Motivational Speaker, Author and Businessman, sums up what a mentor can help you achieve: “A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could.”
Experience isn’t everything but it sure does come in handy. Whatever scenario you’re going through, your mentor has probably seen it, done it and bought the t-shirt. Because of their experience in both life and business, they’re able to give you insightful advice, strategies solutions or simply just be able to understand and relate to the highs and lows of starting your own business.
It’s not what you know it’s who you know, and if you’re entering a whole new world that you have zero experience in, it can’t help to make a few new friends. While you shouldn’t rely solely on your mentor to be connected to the right people, they may be able to give you a name, a contact or an introduction that might open a few doors that you have previously found yourself on the wrong side of.
You may have deadlines piling, orders to fill and million other things going on but you keep putting off the big picture stuff, until next week. Next month. Next year. A business mentor has the ability to see past the immediate, everyday situations, and looks at the end result. They act as an outsider looking in, offering a new perspective when you simply can’t see the forest through the fails.