This is somebody who knows the business inside out. They know what works and what does not. With that knowledge, they can give you sound advice. A good mentor must also be willing to train you and impart their wisdom.
Having been successful in business indicates that a good mentor can read people well. So understanding human behavior is vital. This enables mentors to manage people and tap into an individual’s strengths. They must also have the ability to inspire those around them.
What is more, a mentor must be committed to you. This requires patience on their part to ensure you become successful. The person also needs to be a good listener, well-rounded and respected by the industry, not to mention willing to keep an open mind, especially when face with different points of view.
Finding a good mentor is vital if you are to make a success out of your business. So you should consider spending time looking for one. Like searching for diamonds in a vast land, it may take considerable patience but when you find one, it is sure to be worth the effort and wait.
Talk to people in the industry, ‘fish’ around and listen to what others have to say. When you hear good things about somebody, chances are they will be a good mentor.
The lessons you will learning from your mentor are far more valuable than the outcome of your business. Imagine working together and developing valuable insights that such a person can give you. This is indeed a priceless experience. Furthermore the bond between you and your mentor will remain steadfast for years to come.
“No man is an island.”