Last Updated on 05/11/2023 by Glynn Willard
Yes, you can accomplish a lot on your own, but usually at the expense of time.
Finding a mentor is essential to fast tracking something for which you know little about.
Many of the operations, legal issues, accounting and negotiation skills that I acquired building my first business were taught to me by different mentors.
Not only did I receive a real education based exactly on my circumstances, I also acquired real friendships.
Many that still go on to this day.
I can almost guarantee you that whatever you have set as your new purpose and are getting ready to undertake, someone has done it before.
What if you had access to that person or a group of people who have already blazed a path?
You and I both know, they could help expedite you to achieving your goal.
Types Of Mentors
A coach or mentor can be associated with any skill set. The list is endless.
For example, I’ve been mentored in the following skills by experts in the field:
- Business negotiations.
- Accounting and business taxes.
- Business law.
- Website development and SEO.
- Strength and Conditioning.
- Martial arts.
Any skillset is applicable to mentoring. Even things like gardening or geology.
The list is endless.
How To Find A Peer Mentor
In the past it was more difficult to find a mentor for a lot of applications.
Now, a quick search online will reveal mentors and coaches covering all walks of life.
The only difference now is many individuals have made it their business to coach.
The most difficult mentor to find is a business mentor willing to coach you for free. Why?
Small to medium business founders are busy. They have very little time for themselves, much less someone asking questions.
That doesn’t mean they’re not available, but you may have to pay a coach.
Is Paid Coaching Worth The Expense?
Yes, but only if the coach is truly qualified and they add more to your bottom line than their total fee in the long run?
That siad, you have to factor the education value into the equation.
When looking for coaching and mentoring, please do your due diligence.
A few of these mentors are available for free. But this list is likely limited to people you already know or friends in a similar industry.
Again, many coaches/mentors have made it their business to coach you for a fee.
Please make sure that if you choose a coach to assist you in your “reset,” they have truly mastered both the desired change as well as a system that will help you.
I’ve encountered a lot of coaches that have no business accepting money for the thing with which they’re trying to help others.
So, buyer beware.
I encountered this a lot in our personal training business.
Competitor trainers with no formal education and nothing but a weekend exam touting a skillset to work with high level athletes, post rehab and older active adults.
These trainers had no business working with these populations and usually did more damage than good.
It was even more insulting (and dangerous) when they were demanding outlandish fees.
I believe this exists in almost every industry. I digress.
Coaching And Mentoring
If you’re looking to make a big change in your life, look for a mentor.
It can make the difference between success and failure.
It can also make the transition into something new very smooth.
So, when you’re ready to reset, make finding a mentor or coach a priority.
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