Great entrepreneurs have great mentors

Speak to any successful entrepreneur about their journey and the keys to that success, and chances are they will point to having had great mentors along the way. Mentors can be invaluable as you build your business and formulate your ideas. The trick is finding the right one, someone you feel comfortable with and who understands what you are trying to achieve, and also someone with whom you can build a successful relationship with that can go the distance. It is important to be clear about what you are hoping to get out of the mentorship relationship and you need to define your own needs right from the beginning. You can then focus that precious time with your mentor on those specific areas that will add most value to your business and its goals. So, as you start what you hope will become a meaningful relationship with your mentor, firstly establish the guidelines and be clear about what you need from them. Secondly, remember to be open and honest with your mentor, and regularly discuss what specific areas of the business need the most help. Finally, build a rapport with your mentor through your shared interests and be receptive to new ideas and advice.