Whether you’re starting a business or overseeing a team within a company, having a mentor can prove useful in helping you reach the next level of success.
The hidden secret for young entrepreneurs is seeking out great mentors and learning the lessons from their careers.
A mentor can help you answer some tough questions, especially if you want to become an entrepreneur.
First, ask if you have a good idea. Then ask if you have the emotional constitution to be an entrepreneur because being successful is much riskier than many ever think.
Mentors can take on a variety of roles depending on your needs.
First is the “wise veteran” who is willing to give a young person the benefit of his or her experience and knowledge.
Next is the “eager teacher” who is willing to pass on specific skills to newcomers.
The “generous peer” helps colleagues and friends learn skills and network with his or her business contacts.
The “life coach” advises others on personal goals and career opportunities.
Finally, the “good listener” is simply there to bounce ideas and explore solutions for a challenging problem.
Some of the most successful entrepreneurs have had mentors or been mentees. For example, the late Apple founder, Steve Jobs, served as a mentor to Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg during the early years of the company.
Facebook was going through a “rough patch” and people wanted to buy Zuckerberg’s company.
On meeting with Steve Jobs, Zuckerberg was encouraged to first reconnect with what he believed was the mission of the company by visiting a certain temple in India.
Jobs had earlier on during the evolution of Apple visited the same temple when he was thinking about what he wanted his vision of the future to be.”
Upon Jobs’ demise, Zuckerberg thanked him for his mentorship. In a Facebook post, the social media mogul says. “Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.”
Though most of us probably won’t have someone like Steve Jobs as a mentor, you can still find a quality mentor by simply asking and showing ambition since none is neither too smart nor too old for a mentor in life.