Hiring a mentor or coach for your business is not a luxury!
Some business owners believe that hiring a mentor or coach is a luxury. They see it as something you do when you have money to burn. If this is your belief, you are not going to get very far. I know that is harsh, but it is honest and let me tell you why.
—> One, you want someone who has been through the pitfalls and challenges, has made the mistakes and knows the steps that lead to success. This means you can do in 90 days what a lot of people do in 2 or 3 years of being in business.
—> Two, you want someone who can see your blind spots. There are so many ways that my clients' psychology and mindset get in the way of their success. Often times, they bypass it and just try to keep taking action, but they end up taking all the wrong action. They are deciding what to do from their current psychology and mindset. Not only does it help to have someone who can see your blind spots, but it helps to have someone who has shifted their mindset and psychology already. They can then help you grow.
—>Three, if they are good at what they do, a mentor or coach will know the right sequence you need to take to build a stable foundation for your business so you can grow successfully. You wouldn’t put a roof on a house until you have a foundation, but you would be amazed at how many business owners put things out of order.
I was there….FOR YEARS. I wasted so much time, money and energy trying to do it on my own.
I always thought I could do it myself, but when I found the right mentor, my business skyrocketed and I learned more in a short amount of time then I had learned in years on my own.
Now, I would never go without a mentor or coach who is many steps ahead of me and can help pull me through my blindspots and challenges.
And yes, I have found money, borrowed money and paid for mentorship when I didn’t have anything in savings. The investment I made in myself and my business came back to me quickly.
Obviously, the next question is how do you find the right mentor or coach. I am not the best fit for everyone and neither is anyone else. So here are some suggestions:
- Make sure they have been in their own business for at least 5 years. They need to know what it is like to operate their business over time. Business ebbs and flows. Being able to last for 5 years or more means they have an idea of what it takes to succeed.
- Make sure you resonate with them, their message and their leadership style. I always tell people to stalk them on Facebook, LinkedIn or anywhere else they reside so you can see how they operate.
- Make sure they work on both mindset and business structures because one without the other is ineffective.
- Have a chat with them. Like me, a lot of people have free sessions to ensure there is a good fit. Always trust your gut. I tell people they need to be a 10 out of 10 to work with me, otherwise, it isn’t a good fit.
- Make sure their package and program aligns with where you want to go and there is a clear outcome that will serve you.
- If they promise overnight success or tell you how easy it is to succeed, run the other way. It means they don’t focus on skill-building or long-term success. This is not the kind of mentorship you want to invest in.
- Don’t choose based on price. Choose based on value and outcomes.
- Find someone who aligns with your values. For me, realness and integrity are musts. Without these, I cannot work with someone.