How to Find a Mentor
If a mentor can provide this much value for your business, you must pay them, right? Actually, in most cases, you do not need to pay an individual to mentor you. Most successful entrepreneurs are willing to guide first-time entrepreneurs who sincerely want to learn and are not looking for a handout. In truth, most successful business owners are approached every day by people who want something for nothing. Most jump the gun and want to benefit from success without going through the learning process first. Thus, coming with an open hand out, instead of approaching with an open mind, will immediately shut down the conversation with any potential mentor. Therefore, if you do happen to find a mentor, be clear from the start that you are only approaching them with the desire to learn.
So, how do you find a mentor?
One of the first places to start your search is on social media. LinkedIn is a great platform because it’s dedicated to professionals who want to grow their network and meet like-minded people. If you find a potential mentor, send them a request to connect. If they approve your request, send them a message that expresses your desire to learn. But do so without coming across as desperate. No business professional will respond to a message that is practically begging for their attention. Instead, you should compliment them on their success, tell them your goals, how you are working to achieve them, and provide key reasons as to why their knowledge will benefit your long-term success. If you do this, you will find a mentor in no time.
Another avenue is finding mentorships through networking events. Networking events are attended by successful people who want to increase their success and individuals who want to make connections that lead to success. Since you are the latter, you should move around the room, make introductions, discover what people do, and collect cards/make LinkedIn connections. On the next day, reach out to everyone you met and send them a customized message relating to the conversations at the networking event. For individuals whom you have identified as potential mentors, you can follow the same format we outlined earlier for LinkedIn messages. Since you have established a connection with these contacts, they should be receptive and open to hearing what you have to say.
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