I’ve been fortunate to have several business mentors on my mompreneurial journey. I’m even more grateful that I can now be a mentor for others who are just starting that journey.
A business mentor is someone who not only inspires you to do better and to be successful in business but can also guide you through the process of growing your career.
What makes a good mentor?
Encourages you to be a better person and a business owner: You are more than your business. Personally, while I’m a proud real estate agent and business owner, I’m also a mother, wife, friend, Disney enthusiast, hockey cheerleader, and, in general, a woman trying to live her best life. A mentor understands you have a life outside of work that could also use some improvement.
Honesty about their success and struggles: Many focus on projecting the perfect life. A true leader knows that struggle is inevitable and will help you find ways to overcome obstacles you encounter.
Learns from their mistakes: Some of life’s best learning opportunities come from making mistakes. A good mentor acknowledges that and will encourage you to see mistakes as anything but a failure.
Gives sound advice on improving your work life: Too many business gurus claim that you have to be working 20 hours a day constantly and have no time for yourself to succeed. If you are happy with that life, great, but a good mentor will help you develop a balance that works for you and makes you feel fulfilled.
Practices patience and offers help: One of the most critical skills a leader or mentor can exercise is patience. The difference between a mentor and a boss is someone who takes the time to listen and help you learn.
No matter who you’re mentored by or how they help you, remember that a good mentor is someone who’s always there to lift you up and guide you when you need it most.
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