Having a coach or mentor is key to success in business. Learning from others mistakes, investing in shortcuts and being guided especially in the early days when mental funk strikes is essential if you are to make your business viable. In the early days we need more mindset work before we move into more strategy work. I wanted to write today's blog because I feel and believe I have used and found mentoring to be super beneficial and critical to my growth. There are 3 areas I would like to shed some light on:
HOW TO FIND A MENTOR
This one is a bit odd for me, I haven't done the standard ask, interview and decide on who to hire. I have come from the experience of 'When the Student is ready the Mentor will turn up' I have paid close attention to what and who is around me and when I have met that person it has been obvious I have wanted to work with them by the end of the conversation. I tend to notice what they say, what they have achieved themselves and if there are aspects of what they are saying that I am curious to learn more about.
I am curious what type of other work they have done and ultimately if it feels right to move forward with this person. That is how it's happened with me. I tend not to do too much googling or background checks and trust my intuition more. That's not to say you shouldn't, it's just been my experience. Another thing that also works well is to ask for recommendations from those around you. Pay attention if someone is recommending a mentor, what types of results have they achieved themselves as well.
HOW TO USE A MENTOR
This is where a lot of business owners I feel get unstuck and don't achieve the results they set out to achieve. Here are the mistakes which I believe will teach you what to do instead:
HOW TO MOVE ON FROM ONE TO THE NEXT MENTOR
There will come a time that you will either outgrow your mentor or you may like to learn something different from someone else. This is great health way to stay sharp and learn new things. You will know naturally when it is the right time to move on. I found on journey I has three one on one mentors that helped and thought me different things and nowadays I look for more niched mentors that will teach me around solving more specific problems that will add value to my business.
Mentors can be someone our observe and learn from from afar, someone you hire to work with you one on one or someone that is in a one to many (group) capacity. It's great to have a variety as there are different styles and dynamics of learning. Most importantly don't get stuck in a cycle of learning, you must take action as well. Learning without doing disappears from your memory super fast. Don't waste time or money if you are not committed or coachable. Aim to be your mentors best mentee - make them proud, its way more fun...
Love Nat x
P.S. Want to experience a Group Mastermind Mentoring format? Our next full day event is 14 June in Diamond Creek Melbourne. I no longer work one on one with clients so this is the next best experience in a small group that will help you come up with your next 90 day actions and plan. Email me for more info x