Ask any successful business owner how they achieved so much and they’ll likely give all the credit to their business mentor. Notice I didn’t say coach? There’s’ a reason for that. Coaches provide information. Mentors give strategy.
And that’s why mentors can be the difference between reaching and surpassing your goals, and struggling to get by.
Do you need a business mentor?
Mentors come in all shapes and sizes. They each have their own unique system and approach to business, but what sets them apart from the typical coach is that understand not just the how-to do something, but the why it works (or strategy) behind it. That means they can push you out of your comfort zone a touch and help you understand what works and what doesn’t.
A mentor also does something that you just can’t do on your own – they provide unbiased insight into your business goals, model, and practices. They can often see strengths and weaknesses that you are unable to simply because you’re too close to the business.
Finally, a good mentor can help you stay accountable. You probably know how it goes; you have a nice long list of goals and plans to achieve them. Yet with no one to hold you accountable those deadlines are easily pushed back – sometimes motivation and inspiration, along with opportunity, are completely lost.Not only will they hold you accountable to your timetable, but help you with ideas and strategies to reach those goals faster.
So how do you find a mentor?
Best advice, and certainly the first step, is to start asking people you know, trust, and respect. Chances are many of your colleagues have worked with or know of reputable mentors. Make a list of business mentors to consider.
The next step is to begin researching those on your list and comparing their ideologies, methodologies and the industries that they’re most familiar with. For example, some business mentors specialize in helping service providers; others focus on market and profit. Narrow your possibilities that best seem to fit your needs.
Pick up the phone or send an email! Start talking to the ones you really think will help you. You don’t need to love your mentor but you do need to be able to communicate effectively with them. You also want to make sure you like them and respect them.
It’s important to choose someone whom you feel will challenge you and help you step outside of your comfort zone. You want someone who will motivate you, inspire you and help you take your business to a whole new level.
Want to learn more about the difference between a coach and a mentor – and see what results you can get with a mentor like me? Check out http://shannoncherry.com/resources/one-on-one-personal-mentoring-and-consulting/