‘A small amount of time invested on your part to share your expertise can open up a new world for someone else.’ – Mark Zuckerberg
When it comes to business, one of the best things you can do is have a mentor. Most, if not all, highly successful entrepreneurs have had (and still have) mentors.
It can be life changing and extremely valuable to your personal and business development because mentors have more life experience, more knowledge in a particular area and/or a bigger network of people who can help.
Even Richard Branson will tell you – every entrepreneur needs a mentor. He’s had them himself.
“Understandably there’s a lot of ego, nervous energy and parental pride involved, especially with one or two-person start-ups… Going it alone is an admirable, but foolhardy and highly flawed, approach to taking on the world,” he said.
‘Going it alone is an admirable, but foolhardy and highly flawed, approach to taking on the world.’ – Richard Branson
Small Business BC reports it was during his battle to make Virgin Atlantic a success that Branson enlisted the help of British airline entrepreneur Sir Freddie Laker. And he credits his success within the industry to this mentor.
Meanwhile, it’s widely reported that Mark Zuckerberg was mentored by Apple founder Steve Jobs. Jobs also had a mentor (and that was Mike Markkula, an early investor and executive of Apple).
Zuckerberg sought out people who were older and wiser than him to be his mentors in the early days of his Facebook career. And we all know where that story goes.
Sometimes a mentor will be with you for a long time and sometimes you will find you outgrow them, as was the case with The MeetUp QUEEN, Francesca Moi.
“My business journey has been fast to say the least and I have several coaches and mentors in my short time as a business owner,” she says.
“As I grow, I need to learn new things and in a couple of circumstances I have simply outgrown my mentor… in a good way, of course. Your mentors don’t have to be older than you, just have more experience than you in a certain area you need help in.
‘Your mentors don’t have to be older than you, just have more experience than you.’ – Francesca Moi
“When I’m speaking to a room of entrepreneurs, I actually say, ‘hands up who’s fired their mentor?’. It gets a laugh but it’s quite serious. You need to move forward to grow and if you don’t grow your business will die. And so in certain circumstances you might ‘fire your mentor’ and find another one who can guide you in the right or new direction.
“Having mentors allows you to grow effectively,” she said.
Every entrepreneur needs a mentor; whether you are Mark Zuckerberg or the new kid on the block. If you are new to business or just have a new idea, find a mentor you trust with experience you don’t have to help you on tour way.