Being mentored is one of the ways I have built and ensured sustainable success for myself. It makes sense to work with someone who can give you the lay of the land, support you when you’re faltering, and help you keep your mind right, as that’s a huge percentage of the game. When you’re pursuing entrepreneurship, or really any career, it’s imperative that you find a mentor of some kind. Trying to figure everything out on your own truly is a waste of time, because you can get from A to B much more intelligently and in less time when you know how to avoid common pitfalls and stay faithful and dedicated to your process. Mentorship helps with all of this and more, and it’s the secret weapon to getting your work and business to stand out.
Having great mentorship is what has led to many of the big names in the world of entrepreneurship being able to build 7 figure businesses with what seems like a lot of ease.
They have great stories of turning their lives around, investing in an idea, and watching it flourish. Behind the scenes, though, they weren’t doing it alone. It’s my belief that all true leaders create more leaders, so those who step into a leadership role can find the greatest and most fulfilling success when they align with someone else who has paved the way.
In my personal life, I can credit both times that I hit multi million profit to having excellent mentorship. Sure, I could have done it on my own, but I’m not sure how long it would have taken me to overcome my fears, take intelligent action, and trust myself if I didn’t have support. It’s truly a necessity.
Sold? You should be.
Here are my top 5 tips for having a great mentorship experience:
1) You have to be a good listener.
Many people can’t take constructive criticism or manage their ego which is telling them they are always right.If you can’t be a good listener, and be willing to ask for help, then you will never get it. It’s part humility and part smart business. Know that you are always going to be learning, and be willing to listen when advice is brought to the table.
2) Bring value to your mentor.
Lots of people think they want a mentor, but don’t actually do what it takes to research the people that they relate to, and how they go to their success. You have to be willing to do the homework, and then do whatever it takes to get in front of them to show them that you are worth the investment of time. A mentee has to bring even more value to the table than the mentor to prove that they have what it takes to see through the obstacles. If you aren’t all in, don’t dive in. It’s a waste for both parties.
3) Communicate well.
You have to be a good communicator and be transparent at all times, whether with your mentor, or with your team. In any relationship communication is the key. Ask the right questions, have integrity, and be honest at all times. If you keep it real, and keep it honest, you’re going to get so much more out of it than you will if you try to sweep things under the rug or hide behind your pride.
4) Be a quick learner.
Don’t waste time doing what I call “dilly dallying” — PAY ATTENTION, and whether learning from a mentor, business partner, or boss, the way to get to where you want to go fast is to learn how to be a fast learner. This refers back to numbers 1 and 3. If you can listen and communicate well, that’s more than half the battle.
5) Making mistakes is okay.
If you’re not making mistakes then you’re not moving forward. Becoming a mentee is supposed to be challenging. Being up for the challenge is Step 1, but understand that you will be making mistakes and that’s okay. Just keep moving forward and show your resilience.
Every day is an opportunity for you to step up to the plate in a bigger way.
Grinding until you shine is a pointless trajectory if you’re rejecting the sage wisdom of those who really know what they’re talking about. Find someone who has done what you’re doing, or something similar, pick their brain, and you might catapult yourself much more quickly into the success you thought would take ten years. It doesn’t have to. However, it does require that you have support, that you’re willing to learn, and that you’re committed to your own evolution. In short, being mentored is a commitment that will demand you to grow and change, and you have to be ready and willing to do that.
The pressure of taking stock of yourself can be uncomfortable, but it’s worth it to fight these battles with someone in the ring with you who knows the fighting moves, rather than fight for yourself and hope for the best.
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