Why You Need A Mentor

Why You Need A Mentor

Do you need a mentor? Maybe you never thought about it before. Or maybe you’ve wondered for a while now whether a mentor could help you get ahead in this world. There are many situations in which a mentor can be of help. Does any of these sound like you?

  • You’re thinking of starting your own business, but you’ve never run a business before and don’t know many of the ins and outs and technicalities. You know the field you want to work in. You’re conversant with manufacturing toys, or selling jewelry or books or clothing, or designing accessories, or matching personnel with those who need to hire them, but you know nothing of the business end, or the forms and taxes and other administrivia that are inherent in running a business.
  • You’ve started a business already but are floundering. You need advice from someone who’s more knowledgeable than you are.
  • You’re a singer. Your vocal coach has perfected your voice and delivery, but you don’t know how to turn your talent into a career. How do you get bookings? How do you get paid for singing? How do you make recordings? Where do you go from here?
  • You’ve been in the information technology field for over a decade now, but the company you worked for has gone out of business. You’re very familiar with certain aspects of IT, but there have been new developments in the field that didn’t apply to your former job but may be necessary to know in order to get a new job. How do you catch up and update your knowledge?
  • You’re a sales representative, but your track record is far from stellar. You enjoy the challenge of sales work, but you wish you were more successful. You need a teacher to show you the tricks of the trade that you haven’t yet learned.
  • You have a 9-to-5 job and also have to manage a household. You realize you’re not budgeting your time in the wisest way possible and want someone to teach you how to be more productive and shepherd your time resources more wisely.
  • You’ve worked in the same career for ten years now, but you really don’t find it satisfying. But you’re at a loss for what other career you’re suited for with the skillset you have—or should you go back to school at age 32 and learn a whole new set of skills? It’s quite a quandary!
  • Your husband always took care of the family finances—everything from balancing the checkbook to managing your investments. But suddenly, unexpectedly, you’re widowed. You need someone to teach you the ins and outs of money management—from the ground up. 
  • Your dating skills are awkward at best, but you don’t love the solo lifestyle. You need a dating coach to help you over the hurdles.

If any of these sounds like you, you’re a good candidate to seek a mentor. And, in fact, if none of them sounds like you, you may still be a good candidate to seek a mentor. If you need any form of guidance—in running a business, in starting a business, in enlarging or updating a skillset, in choosing a career, or in any of myriad other situations, a mentor may be your answer. A mentor may well be your key to success—in business or in life!

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