You’ve got your idea. You’ve got some startup money and have even built a small team to help get around your business weaknesses. You have some experience and you work hard. Still you don’t find yourself in the upper echelons of successful startups. Your business is good but not thriving as you imagined.
You need a mentor.
For every person who has ventured into new area, there’s already someone who knows the game. They went through the struggles you are about to face and they’ve survived the failures you want to miss. They have worked the hours and have rubbed the right shoulders. And you know what? Nine times out of ten, they are willing to mentor. They don’t mind the fresh entrepreneurial energy that comes with a new idea.
But where can I find a mentor?
Nowadays social media has become the new google – you can find anything on there. Taking a look at social media and sites like LinkedIn, which boasts networking, can help point in the right direction. Networking events are the usual hive to finding professionals to connect with and they prove as an excellent source for meeting like minded individuals. The optimal place to look is in the direction you are heading and the people who are already there.
How do I even approach my mentor?
Send them an email, a phone call, mail in a letter – get in contact. Ask yourself what you are looking for in an ideal mentor or what you aim to benefit from the union. State your idea and the steps you have taken to flourish this idea. Be ready for the flat out professional feedback and be respectful to the relationship you aim to build.
What should I do when I have a mentor?
Learn, learn, learn. The relationship between a mentor and a mentee is a learning one. In order to grow, there has to be a willingness to accept another perspective. If you own a business and there’s no guiding opinion but that of your own, there may be some avoidable problems you may encounter. With a mentor, it is important to keep that relationship as a learning one. One where you are back in school and taking notes from your qualified professor. It’s crucial for your growth and that of your business.
We all need a mentor and I am having an interesting time trying to narrow my options down because it has helped me figure out what I want. I know more of what my outcome for my idea should be and when I do decide to settle on a mentor, I will be ready to learn, absorb and create. It’s beautiful when professional relationships thrive and that of a mentor and a mentee is one that has the potential to grow as much as the potential to learn.
Interested in finding a mentor for your business idea, startup or existing business? Feel free to connect directly with WOMENEUR founder Sharon Beason