Business mentors are advocates. While business advisors focus on your business as a whole, business mentors are all about you. Their mission is to help you to be your best self.
As you’ll soon discover, business mentors provide us with opportunities to navigate one of the toughest elements of life: ourselves.
It’s easy for us to miss ourselves in the hustle and bustle of building a business. We are often so busy focusing on innovating, closing deals, handling staff, and building processes and strategies that we become blind to our own behavior, attitude, and ideas.
Have you ever found yourself feeling stuck or like something is missing? Or perhaps you feel like your underachieving, not pursuing your dreams, or just want something more?
Then keep reading. Let’s explore how business mentors can benefit our mission.
What Is a Business Mentor?
There are many types of mentors: from teachers to parents and grandparents, co-workers, and more. A business mentor, however, is different.
According to The Balance Small Business, “A business mentor is someone with more entrepreneurial business experience than you, who serves as a trusted confidante over an extended period of time, usually free of charge.”
I’ve had a number of business mentors over the course of my career, and I can say this confidently: each mentor was selfless, and was completely focused on helping me find solutions to the challenges I was experiencing at the time. Whether I was struggling with strategy, process, self-doubt, or other forms of head trash: my mentors listened, assessed, and asked lots of questions. They made it about me, while also providing insights from their own experience.
While a business mentor is not a therapist, their process is often similar. It’s all about listening and seeking to understand.
Why Should You Consider Business Mentors?
Do you feel stagnant or stuck where you are? Do you want to grow professionally? Are you often wondering, “what should I do next?” Or “Am I doing the right things?”
Working with a business mentor will help you in these areas.
A Personal Story
When I was 23, I started a sales job that was 100% cold calling. I’d been a teacher prior to this, and thought that my experience teaching meant that I’d be great for a people-facing role. And while some of it did transfer, I found the transition to be a lot tougher than I’d thought.
My boss at the time was amazing, and he mentored me until I felt comfortable walking into offices. He taught me how to make conversation in a natural way, how to make goals actionable, and how to time block. Then, he did the best thing ever: he provided a business mentor for me.
My business mentor had decades of experience, a positive attitude, and lots of patience. Each time we spoke, we’d talk about goals, progress, and we’d make actionable game plans to get things done. During the time that I worked at that job, I achieved more than I ever could’ve imagined, and certainly more than I ever could’ve on my own.
Today, I am continuing my growth journey. As I write this, I’m in the process of interviewing business mentors to work with in the coming year.
Why? Well, I want to grow and improve! I want to be a better leader and manager, a better employee, and the best version of myself. I know that in order to get there, I need the guidance of others.
How to Find & Work with a Business Mentor
Need helping finding a business mentor? Stay tuned! On December 27th, I'll be sharing a post about how to find and work with a business mentor.
Can't wait until then? All of the great information I'll be sharing on the 27th is also available in our newest eBook: The Difference Between Advisors, Coaches, & Mentors, And How They Can Help You Skyrocket Your Career. Click here or on the image below to grab your copy!