This is Why You Need a Mentor
No Matter Where You are in Life, You need a Mentor
Whether you’re just starting out in business, or if you’re in the middle of your career, or if you’re developing your exit strategy, there are three relationships that you need to hold. You need a mentor, you need a friend, and you need a mentee. The friends and mentees are for a later topic; today let’s focus on why you need a mentor.
No matter how well you have your business planned, a mentor can help make it even better. They offer these four amazing services that you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else.
If you have ever tackled anything new, and I’m sure that most of us have, you know the ebb and flow of excitement. When you first discover the idea, you’re excited. Then you get into the nitty gritty, and you wonder if it is worthwhile. When things start to work, you get excited again.
Your mentor can help you level out this roller coaster of feelings by providing inspiration when you need it the most. They have been in your shoes, they know the trials you are facing, and they know how to overcome them.
You can gain a lot of knowledge from reading books. However, the one thing a book will never let you do is bounce ideas off of it. What good is all the knowledge in the world if you aren’t able to put them into practice in the real world?
Your mentor can help you work through tough problems. Even if they have not experienced that particular problem, they will help you see ideas and angles that you have never seen before.
Your friend is not your mentor; but your mentor can be your friend. If you pitch an idea to your friend, they will say that it’s the greatest thing in the world, and it will never fail, and you’re going to be rich! Your mentor, on the other hand brings things down to earth.
Your mentor isn’t there to shoot down your ideas. Your mentor is there to ensure that your ideas are going to work, and you will spend less time failing. They will verify the good ideas, and poke holes in the bad ones.
There is a psychological principle that helps us define who we are by who we associate with. This is loosely the same thing your mother told you when you were younger in an attempt to get you to avoid playing with the “bad” kids. In reality, your worth is actually determined by who you know.
Your mentor has a network already established. A recommendation from someone that is plugged in will go further than all the “hustle” you can think of. Name dropping has a time and a place.
Every successful person has utilized a mentor. Have you?
We Train Leaders
Here at Big Sky Collision Center, we don’t just fix cars. We train leaders, inspire others, and want everyone to be the best they can possibly be. That means helping others in areas of their lives outside of fixing hail damage, door dings, and crunched fenders.
Of course, we fix cars too.