Ever look at someone and think, wow they have a life I would love to be living! Well, you’re not alone. Although some of us may not want to admit it, at some point we have all thought this. Whether it be when you were a child admiring your parents, a teen looking up to the next superstar athlete, or young adult wanting to be the next successful CEO of a Fortune 500 company, everyone has had these thoughts before. It’s human nature to compare yourself to others and it happens in both our conscious and unconscious minds. So, what is the most efficient and effective way to go about achieving that lifestyle you admired that one day? Well one vehicle that will help you realize that lifestyle is finding a mentor, someone who has “been there” and “done that” before. It’s sounds so simple but many of us miss this detail and take the long road of trial and error.
You’ve probably heard the old Japanese Proverb, “fall down seven times, stand up eight,” it’s a powerful quote that I associate with never giving up, but with the influence of mentorship we no longer need to fall down those seven times. If we learn from the people who have fallen before us than we only may have to fall a few times before we achieve our lifestyle. The famous Bob Proctor says, “A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.” We can achieve so much on our own but it’s only through powerful mentorship that we attain a level we didn’t even know existed. It’s important that we recognize this and that we seek mentorship in our entrepreneurial ventures, after all, the opposite of this results in lost time; and we all know that time is money. But money is better so let’s all find mentors and make money instead of wasting time. Mentorship has personally helped me in my life at many different ages and numerous places.
Whether it was finding the right mixed martial arts (MMA) coach or seeking the most intuitive business people around me, seeking and receiving mentorship has helped me immensely. When I was a young boy I naturally looked to my father for mentorship, in almost everything I did. He always seemed to have the answer to everything. When I was in my late teens to early adulthood and fought in MMA I was looking for more than just someone to put me through a tough practice, I wanted someone to teach me humility and humbleness, without losing that killer instinct that fighters needed. Now, in business, I seek mentors who have worked in that industry or started that company and so on. It’s not always easy finding the right mentors, I’m still searching for new ones right now, but hopefully I can present some ideas on how to go about finding mentors.
Networking is a really good way to find mentorship. Talking to other entrepreneurs about what you’re working on can inspire others to take you under their wing, remember, they all stood exactly where you are at one time. Social websites, to name a few, such as meetup.com, eventbrite.com, and phoenix.com/redflint are all ways to meet other entrepreneurs who can possibly mentor you with your business. I suggest going to as many of these networking events as possible to meet as many people as possible to see if you can find a mentor suited for you. If you’re not about networking with people, which as a business person you should be, Score.com might be a more practical way to receive mentorship. At Score, they partner you up with a mentor in your specific business and you can set up meetings with them to consult. These are just a few ways to seek mentorship and I’m sure there are other ways as well so get out there and learn!
It was Albert Einstein who said, “Once you stop learning, you start dying” so it’s imperative as business people that we never stop learning. It has been proven time and time again that mentorship is the bridge between where we are and where we want to go. Going out into the world and networking can be helpful in finding mentorship so get out there and network. The mentors of my past have helped mold me into the individual I am today and my mentors of tomorrow will help me achieve the goals/milestones I have laid out in front of me.
About the Author
Jeffrey Carroll is currently an entrepreneurship and marketing undergraduate major at UNLV.
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