Benefits Of Having A Mentor

We all need a little guidance in life, particularly in the workplace (whether we like to admit it or not), which is why it can be so helpful to have a mentor, someone to show us the ropes and equip us with the skills we need to grow, particularly if we are in the realm of entrepreneurialism where pretty much anything goes, but only strong ideas will grow.

Experience

The great thing about having a mentor is that they have the experience we probably lack in the early stages of our careers. In a work environment, they will most likely have run into the same challenges through their journey and might be able to offer useful advice so you can avoid making the same mistakes they did. Don’t expect them to have all the answers, but a little guidance never hurt, right?

Fine tuning

The ideas should be your own; it’s up to you to build yourself up and be proactive and passionate about what you do. A mentor can help to fine tune these ideas, to take an objective approach and help create a more targeted approach.

Encouragement

It’s easy to feel discouraged when things don’t go to plan – particularly when you’re an entrepreneur trying to make things work. There can be a lot of sacrifice with starting a business, and a little encouragement can go a long way to keeping you motivated and on track.

Sounding board

The objectivity that a mentor has (or should have) is useful when it comes to bouncing ideas off of someone who is not a friend or family member, which can give way to bias. A mentor on the other hand will approach the idea more objectively and answer with the candour you need to make those difficult business decisions.

Trust

When it comes to business it can be hard to know who to trust, particularly when it comes to new concepts and ideas. A mentor acts as an objective third-party advisor with no stake in your venture, so any communication is confidential and trustworthy. Well, that’s the idea at least.

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Omaya Michelle

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