Finding a Mentor

Finding a Mentor

There are many people who sit in their office cubicles everyday with the dream of opening their own businesses, the desire to be your own boss is compelling.  The only way to do this however is to actually get up and start your own business, it is not going to fall into your lap.  Make no mistake, being an entrepreneur is hard work, you need to be inspired and you need to keep going even when things get tough.  Finding your footing the first time in the business world is tough.

Finding a Mentor

If you have sat down crunched the numbers and have half a business plan put together in your head, then it is time to take action.  If you’re ready to start your own business then having some help from someone who has been there will definitely help.  That’s what a mentor is, and their help is invaluable to your success.  You can bounce ideas, make connections and learn without making your own mistakes.

If you don’t know someone well enough or at all who can help you then you might want to look into joining a mentoring group.   Look around and make sure you join a group that is right for you, you want to be able to get the most out of the group you end up joining.

Figure Out who You Are

You need to figure out exactly what type of business person you want to be, you may already have this figured out.  If you don’t then you need to clearly define your goals, both personal and professional and make a plan to have it happen.  Be very very specific, “be successful” is not a goal, “increase sales by 40% over last quarter” is a clearly defined goal.  Make plans for short and long term and make plans on how to get there, being as detailed as possible.  Make sure you write them down, studies show written goals are far more likely to be achieved than just a dream in your head.

Mentoring is really only as good as the mentor, so screen carefully who you want to take advice from.  Set realistic expectations and understand that no matter how good your mentor is the leg work will be up to you.  They can help guide and educate you but at the end of the day it is up to you to take action on this information.  That being said, finding a mentor who wants to be as invested in your success as much as you are will set you far ahead of what you could do on your own.