Mentors – We Need Them!

I believe research would confirm what most executives already know:  Individuals entering the workforce have little or no understanding of how to fashion an ideal career pathway. Likewise, many entrepreneurs setting up shop have little understanding of the complexities involved with running a business venture. No wonder the SBA states that 30% of new businesses fail during the first two years of being open, 50% during the first five years and 66% during the first ten.

This is not a problem but rather an opportunity for good mentors that love mentoring.

Mentoring is important, not only because of the knowledge and skills individuals can learn from mentors, but also because mentoring provides professional and personal support to facilitate success within the corporate world, and or entrepreneurial business ventures. I would go as far as to say that quality mentoring greatly enhances an individual’s chances of success. In my personal case – I have found the following in my mentor:

  • My mentor finds ways to stimulate my personal and professional growth. My mentor, through social media groups and scheduled mentor-mentee calls, would pose questions for me to think about and provide comment. Through social media Master-Classes and On-Line offerings, he would also set various goals and challenges for me to work through material geared to help me succeed in my business venture of public speaking, and consulting. More importantly, again through various social media channels, he made it a point to demonstrate the strategies he wanted me to learn and embrace. {**How are you being stimulated by your mentor(s)? Are they really helping you to grown professionally?  If not – why not?}
  • My mentor offers encouragement that helps me to keep going. Inspirational entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey stated, “A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” In that vein, I see my mentor as being there to offer moral support and to be my biggest cheerleader. In short, I am so grateful that my mentor wouldn’t let me give up on my goals and dreams. Instead, I was given the guidance and encouragement that gave me hope and confidence to push forward. {**Are you being encouraged by your mentor? In what way? If not – why not?}
  • My mentor has gone through experiences I can learn from to prevent me from making the same mistakes beginners make. My mentor has been there, right where I am, and has made numerous mistakes that he can now use as a basis for helping myself and others to skip the devastating effects of not knowing. Case in point – this is exactly what my mentor does through his books, workbooks, VIP Mentoring Calls, Private Facebook Community, Shift Your Brilliance Program, Brilliant Presenter Program, and Speakers Business School. (Yes – I have enrolled in each of my mentor’s programs and have read 85-90 percent of the books he has written.) {**Are you allowing your mentor(s) to really be of service to you?  If not – Why not?}

Okay WillieJay – enough already. Are you going to share the name of this outstanding mentor you spoke about above? Yes!! I’m glad you asked… This outstanding mentor is Simon T Bailey. Simon T. Bailey is a Breakthrough Strategist whose life’s purpose is to teach 1 billion+ people how to be fearless and create their futures. { ** Click this link to check out Simon and his numerous program offerings.}

Let me close by stating: If you want to have success in your career and or business ventures – it is possible… Team up with an Outstanding Mentor.