As simply put by Eric Parsloe of The Oxford School of Coaching and Mentoring, “Mentoring is to support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximize their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be”. Most notably successful entrepreneurs had mentors who led them through their early stages of starting out.
Tech entrepreneurs, Mark Zuckerberg and Larry Page were mentored by Steve Jobs and Steve himself was mentored by Mike Markkula, a clear proof that mentoring is a way of leading someone in the right direction towards success.
If you are hoping to minimize the hitches involved in starting and running a business successfully, the following reasons will convince you of the need to get a mentor soon:
Mentors are mostly successful business people with vast experience acquired over a long period of time, success and dream actualization will happen easily when these experiences are shared with you.
With years of existence in an industry, most mentors can make networking easier for whoever they are working with. That is, they can easily introduce one to important people that can make ones business successful.
We all need to be encouraged every once in a while in order not to throw in the towel in the face of challenges. Most mentors have seen the ups and downs of starting and running a business, this makes it easier for them to encourage one by telling their own stories or a similar one that suits a particular situation.
The can do spirit is the reason why people succeed most times and people are held back when the level of their confidence is low. Mentors help you grow your confidence level by showing you how things are done.
Risk and Loss Minimization
Business will be more interesting if you have someone who leads you through the various steps that will reduce your losses and risks.