It’s hard to know about the potentials of your business idea without some enlightenment. Mentoring reminds you that you can achieve what you set your mind to without having to become robotic. It incorporates personal and professional maintenance, which is something that people often struggle with. Knowledge and expertise from an accomplished expert in your field can save you a lot of time, effort and money. Here’s a few ways mentoring has helped me in business and in my life in general:
- New Ways of Thinking
When you are surrounded by the same method of working or living, it becomes everything you know. When you are presented with new methods, you get the chance to discover what works for you, without the stigma of what should work for you. If you want to stay at home, have 2.5 children with a comfortable wage and a 9-5 job regardless of what it is you are dong, then there are plenty of ways of learning how to do so. If you want something different, you need to learn. Something I learned that is integral to developing business is how work reflects your lifestyle. You work a significant period of your life, so why not work on something you love? Mentoring can promote this idea of working for you, in way that suits you and encourages you.
- Professional Development
Some things in business you cannot ignore, as much as you may wish to. From maintaining the books to organizing your paperwork, all the nitty gritty chores can be tiring. I learned from mentoring that in both professional and personal areas of life, you need some form of expert development in order to achieve your goals. For example, I learned the importance of having my own office to create a workspace that promotes all of my professional abilities. When I first rented office space in Indianapolis it was just so I could achieve some work & life balance. However this lesson and with help from my mentor I knew how to plan for a growing team when I moved my office to Austin. I learned that there are many tools to assist me in this aspect, and one of those tools is mentoring. The other tool that I utilize a lot is organization, and that’s something I also learned from my mentors! So mentoring is not only important for developing the mentality of professional development and organization, it is also important for learning those little tips and tricks that can make your life a whole a lot easier.
- Reaching The Top
When you learn from the master, you learn how to apply the best of yourself. In this way, you can essentially become the mentor. The mentor provides their experiences, be it in life or in work, to show you the process of thinking and doing that led them to the successes they enjoy today. Most people have started from the bottom. And when you realize that, all you need is a willingness to learn, as mentors are the best asset to the most successful of businesses and lifestyles. Reaching the top does not require you to know it all as nobody does. In that knowledge, you open yourself to a wealth of information. And coming out the other side of your resulting successes, you will see that in accepting you knew little, you made the effort to learn and came out knowing more than you ever thought possible. Mentors have travelled this path and will apply this method of thinking to you.
Mentoring takes away the difficulties of those “brick wall” moments in your professional and personal life. There is never too early or too late a time to acquire mentoring. Life is one long learning process, so all you need to remember is the more you are willing to learn the more you will develop. This applies to your business and your lifestyle too, so always look out for mentoring opportunities. They can be found everywhere, as each and every one of us has our own wealth of knowledge.