What have I learned:
Everyone can be a mentor
Thinking that you need to have direct business experience to be a mentor is often a hard block for people interested in becoming a mentor. This is not the case. In my experience, if you have a genuine interest and understanding of how businesses work, you are a good listener and have practiced coaching, you are certainly a good candidate to be a mentor. What is really needed is to be able to listen and offer a fresh perspective to business owners who often feel isolated. Even one idea, when acted, can make a huge difference.
Mentoring can fit a busy schedule
Another myth is that mentoring takes lots of time. Effective mentoring can be achieved with just a couple of hours a month.
Mentoring can be a very enriching experience. Paying it forward and becoming a mentor myself has been a rewarding experience. I personally enjoy getting out of my day to day problems and immersing myself in business, seeing it from all facets. And remember the more you give, the more you get back.
The value of mentoring
We never ask why professional athletes have coaches. I believe we all need mentors, and I have many. They help us think differently, make the unfamiliar familiar, and act on those ideas and make those dreams come true.
I encourage everyone to give mentoring a go. Sometimes, all it takes is a conversation over a coffee!