A Business Mentor’s role is different to that of a coach in that they provide you with the valuable knowledge of their life experiences.
Mentors show you how they did it successfully, and help you avoid the failures they had. They are a great source of knowledge and will answer questions you ask of them. It is then down to you to decide whether or not you use that information in your business.
When selecting a mentor you need to be sure they have the past experience you require and have reached at least the level of success that you strive for. Mega successful business people such as Warren Buffet, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs all had business mentors and all went on to become even more successful than their mentors.
Richard Branson said: “Mentoring was very important for me personally. For example, Sir Freddie Laker gave me invaluable advice and guidance as we set up Virgin Atlantic, while my mum has been a mentor throughout my life. Nowadays, I find mentors inside and outside of Virgin every day. If you ask any successful businessperson, they will always have had a great mentor at some point along the road. If you want success then it takes hard work, hard work and more hard work. But it also takes a little help along the way. If you are determined and enthusiastic then people will support you. If you are looking to make your way in business, try to find a mentor. If you are in a position to share the skills you have learned, give something back by becoming a mentor yourself.”
Talk to us about finding a mentor to help you become more successful in your business.