Guiding hands

Believing in yourself is half the battle won; to have someone encourage you and believe in you, there’s nothing like it

 “Great things in business are never done by one person,” Steve Jobs.

Starting a business can be a difficult decision, especially if you have the inherent fear of something not going well. This is why it is essential to have a mentor in business. They have been where you are before, and they can guide you on the right path.

Failing to seek out a mentor as a startup business person could be the whole reason your business fails before it starts.

Here are a few reasons to have a mentor;

1.    Reassurance.

Research shows that having a mentor goes a long way in reassuring entrepreneurs and instilling self-confidence. You will feel better knowing there is someone who believes in you, and whom you can go to with your doubts and they will set you straight.

2.    Advice.

Is there a better source of advice than experience?

Experience is the best teacher, and a mentor is the best source of advice. Books are valuable, but only to an extent.  A book may suggest what to do when you find yourself in an unusual predicament, but an experienced mentor knows what works best.

Besides, just because it’s written in a book doesn’t mean it is the reality on the ground.

3.    Networking

Business mentors are in the best position to get you connected with people who can make your business successful.

When your business picks up, you will be glad you took the time to connect with these people.

4.    Stay in business

A mentor will give you strategies that you can always use in your business.

You will learn from past mistakes and use them as a teaching moment. A mentor will share with you what works and what may not work.  A mentors’ advice is invaluable and will help you grow.

Think of the most successful people you know in business. What would it mean to you if one of them agreed to be your mentor?

Best put in the words of Benjamin Franklin, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”