How do you find a mentor?

Someone asked me the other day how he could find a mentor to help him build his business.

You don’t find mentors, mentors find you. They see you at school or work and become impressed with your intelligence, work ethic, specific areas of knowledge, your natural curiosity to learn, and your passion for doing a good job and getting the job done.

Think about it for a while. A mentor gives his time and advice to someone. If he paid attention to everyone that needed a mentor or asked him to mentor them, he would have no time left for his job and life. So go out there and get an education, get a job, join groups and organizations and meet people. Impress them with what you can do and how you go about doing it.

You don’t just go out and find a mentor to help you for free. If you want someone to help you build your business, go out and hire a business consultant or find an employee to hire that has the skills you need.

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You are young, you have a head full of ideas, but no money. How do you proceed?

Your young, your mind is filled with ideas but you have no money. Why not continue to work at your 9 to 5 job, use the time to learn about how a business is run and gain experience to help you when you are ready to execute some of your ideas? Take the time to live below your means and save as much as you can so you have some money to fund your ideas when you are ready. Everybody has to start somewhere and seldom do people have the skills to start at the top. Take your 9 to 5 job seriously, be curious and learn all you can, and you will find that you might even earn the respect of someone who can eventually be your mentor to help you succeed. Remember, you don’t find mentors, mentors find you based on what they see from your performance and dedication.

While you are developing your skills, take the time to firm up some of your ideas. Start making a plan or even a simple outline to determine what you want to do, what skills you will need to execute your idea, and how much it will take in terms of investment or time. Taking the time to commit your ideas to paper gives you something to build on, something to turn into an executable business. If you only keep your business ideas in your head they will never be more than simple ideas.