Think back to the start of your business journey. We all had those moments where we were sure it wasn’t going to work or that we had made some epic mistake in doing what we’ve done. It is in these moments we find the hardest lessons and the most amazing breakthroughs. We all have to go through them, like a right of passage, but wouldn’t you agree that some of them could have been avoided if you had just had someone to learn from? Their mistakes could be your lessons and then you wouldn’t have to learn the hard way every time. This is the very essence of mentorship and it’s something all business owners should strive to be able to do.
It’s not about the karmic payback for “doing good”. It’s not even about being recognised for doing it (although if you do it well and often enough, it’s bound to be recognised), because the process of mentorship is entirely about the person being mentored. You might wonder what this has to do with running a business? You might not have staff or team members to mentor. That’s the beauty of mentorship though because you are not limited to only helping those directly involved in your business.
I have been lucky enough to learn from some amazing mentors. Shannon Daniels, owner and co-founder of emanation, took me under his wing many years ago in a previous business and has taught me what it means to run a business and to be of service to others. It was through him that I was introduced to my second mentor Pat Mesiti, the man who taught me how to be comfortable with and accept my right to prosperity, abundance and wealth.
Between these two men, my outlook on business and life has changed dramatically and without their mentorship, who knows where I would be right now. Certainly not writing a book, helping business owners achieve results from their social media presence and definitely not travelling the world in the process. It is the lessons I learned from them and the experiences they brought into my life that have shaped who I am as a business owner today.
As a business owner I feel it is an obligation, albeit one I enjoy tremendously, to give back to my community and fellow business owners. I do this not because I want me to acknowledge my achievements but because I want them to know that even the people they see today as amazing business people, had challenges and struggles along the way. We are human, we are flawed and we too have moments where we are not entirely clear on why we put ourselves through the wringer that is business ownership at times.
If you are a successful business owner, why not teach what you have learned to someone else. You might have someone right under your nose who can be a perfect student. If you are a new business owner, seek out a mentor to learn from. This journey is not an easy one but the rewards and phenomenal and experiences beyond what you can imagine if you just take that first step.
This article was prepared by Ant Ulijn, Social Media Extraordinaire and Values Alignment Expert from emanation. If you found this information useful, please comment below and make sure you like us on Facebook for more great content like this.