Fuck you. Pay me. It’s something along the lines of “If you don’t help me for free, you’re a bad person.”
The attitude is, if I don’t drop everything I’m doing to make everyone’s projects my personal business and top priority without charging a dime, then I’m a fraud and a phony for saying I like to help people.
And if you freelance, if you’re a consultant of any kind, or if you’re a small startup trying to gain your first customers, you’re going to be confronted with this kind of attitude over and over again.
My Best Advice For Entrepreneurs – Find A Mentor. This Is Why And How.Finding a great mentor is far easier said than done and once you’ve found a mentor, how do you make the most of them?
The benefits of having a mentor are too often underestimated. Any entrepreneur that tells you having a mentor isn’t helpful has simply never found the right mentor. The right mentor will have an exceedingly positive impact on both the private life of an entrepreneur and the performance of the business.
Those born from 1982 onward are hot commodities for executives born much, much earlier. Here’s why reverse mentoring is hot.
The world of mentorship poses many questions. Like how do you find the right mentor? Or how can you be an outstanding mentor? Or even how can you be the kind of mentee that mentors love to work with?
Here’s a new one: Who are the hottest coaches and mentors for boomer executives these days?
It’s not the $500 per hour kind. It’s the kind down the hall from your office with their AirPods in.
Ariel Kaye is building a fast-growing bedding and bath brand, and she gets welcome reminders from Kelly Mullens Brown, a marketing and strategy pro, to take time for self care. When Ariel Kaye received an unexpected invitation to a fancy dinner packed with Los Angeles heavy hitters and influencers, she anticipated having a great time. She did not anticipate walking away with a new mentor.
When most entrepreneurs think about finding a mentor they usually think about mentors in business. The kind that can help you with marketing, branding, culture building, or open doors for you to meet new connections and clients.
“You need a life mentor.”
However when it comes to finding success in your work, finding mentors to guide you in other areas of your life can be just as valuable.
Ditch the hour-long meetings and traditional mentorship approaches. Read now to learn the keys to team mentoring.
I’ve always wondered why every executive meeting has to be an hour in length—or longer. That’s probably a tenth of your day spent on one issue; and it better be a critical issue, because you have a hundred others waiting.
I believe you can be much more productive, as well as a more effective leader, if you approach most meetings as mentoring opportunities and limit them to 5 minutes.
Startups need outside experts who can do the work, as well as relate to the challenges of a new business. Luckily, I had always been a “hands-on” professional, and I had learned the pragmatics of people leadership, marketing, management tools, and funding. Thus I quickly dropped any mention of consulting, and was able to find some challenging roles. Over the years since, I have honed my own list of rules for those of you who wish to migrate from big business to the startup world:
Many entrepreneurs think of mentorship all wrong. And that means they’re missing the great mentors in front of them.
“Will you be my mentor?” When I became editor in chief, I was unprepared for how often I’d be asked this question. It came from a teenager at a business conference, who waited around to talk with me until everyone else had left. From a first-time entrepreneur through an Instagram DM. From a podcast host, after an interview. From a startup founder, after I put her in the magazine. It happens every few weeks now, and I’m not alone in this. Many successful entrepreneurs tell me it happens to them, too.
Looking back over my my years as a UX designer and the last 11 years in particular, there is one thing that stands out more than anything in terms of what I’ve found the most valuable and rewarding. And that’s having a good mentor to learn from and bounce work with, and to be one to others.
It’s hard to truly grow in business without a mentor. Business mentors provide a sounding board, helping to amplify your results. They help to guide you through the oftentimes-murky waters in the entrepreneurial world while you navigate the storms. They help to mitigate the risks that might occur when you move out past your comfort zone. If you’ve never considered a mentor in business, then now is the perfect time to do so.