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So many of us are very familiar with the word ‘mentor’. But some people do not see the need or the importance of having a mentor.
Most people think they’ve got it all, they have what it takes to pave their way to the top of the pyramid without any interference or guide from anyone. They see themselves as the master of the game. Thus, they know it all.
The word mentor comes from the character “Mentor” in Homer’s epic tale, The Odyssey.
In that epic tale, Mentor was a trusted friend of Odysseus, the king of Ithaca. When Odysseus fought in the Trojan War, Mentor served as friend and counsel to Odysseus’ son Telemachus. (oycp.com)
However, while there are many different ways of answering the question of who is a mentor, a basic definition with which we can begin is that a mentor is a special kind of helper who works with others in a positive, constructive way to render a form of assistance which is aimed at developing or improving the life, performance or activities of the mentee or protégé and also the relationship between them.Sponsored Links:
According to the Riverside Webster’s II New College Dictionary 1995, a mentor is defined as “a wise and trusted teacher or counselor”.
But simply defined, I see a mentor as someone who acts as a guide to someone with little or no experience, by inculcating good, positive morals and abilities into the individual.
In the entrepreneurial world, some people seem to think entrepreneurs don’t need mentors, but the importance of having a mentor is of paramount necessity for all entrepreneurs irrespective of your age and at all stages, especially in the early days when you are still young and inexperienced.
You have a lot to gain by having someone who is willing to share his or her wisdom with a you. A mentor can guide you through tricky situations and can provide helpful insight about growing your career.
Below are just a few famous mentoring relationships:
- Brian Mulroney (former Prime Minister of Canada) mentor to Karl Péladeau (Quebecor CEO)
Marc Andreessen (multi-millionaire founder of Mosaic and Netscape) mentor to Mark Zuckerberg (billionaire founder of Facebook)
Warren Buffet (billionaire financier) mentor to Donald Graham (publisher, Washington Post) and Michael Lee-Chin (CEO, AIC)
Bobby Orr (Hall of Fame hockey player) mentor to Dr. Robert Thirsk (astronaut, physician, engineer, scientist)
Ingmar Bergman mentor to Woody Allen
Joe Weider mentor to Arnold Schwarzenegger
Richard Burton mentor to Sir Anthony Hopkins
(source: mentor city)
There are lots of reasons why every entrepreneur should have a mentor. Having a mentor is one of the best investments you can make in yourself and your career.
Whether you are an entrepreneur or a goal-oriented professional.
Some of the reasons for which you should have a mentor include the following:
- A mentor can help to shorten your learning curve, open your mind to new ideas and possibilities, identify
opportunities and advise on how to promote yourself.
Network Building: Of course, in business, it’s important to know the right people. You might be a networking genius, but if you’ve only been at it for a few years, you’re still limited by that time frame. A successful mentor will have a strong relationship with people that are already successful. This will give you access to top financial individuals who make decisions that affect your business.
Experience beyond your years: Young entrepreneurs often think they’ve cornered the market on innovative thinking. Often, a seasoned mentor can challenge you to think in ways that never occurred to you because they’ve seen more of the world (and more of business) than you have.
Hence, you need a mentor to be able to attain great heights which you could never reach on your own. You need people with greater experience than you to be able to avoid some terrible mistakes that are detrimental to your success.
Like it or not, most of today’s most successful entrepreneurs have all sought mentors and paid heed to
their advice to their direct benefit.
If you want to experience success in any capacity, you owe it to yourself to find great mentors; listen and learn from them.Sponsored Links: