! Recent studies SHOW that most individuals who succeed have a mentor, and most failures have no mentors. A detailed survey of 650 tech start ups, cited “access to helpful mentors” as the number one influence on success. Furthermore, the report showed that those entrepreneurs with access to active mentors were seven times more likely to raise capital and three-and-a-half times more likely to attract customers- HUFFINGTON POST.
Here are just a few famous mentoring relationships:
- Brian Mulroney (former Prime Minister of Canada) mentor to Karl Péladeau (Quebecor CEO)
- Marc Andreessen (multi-millionaire founder of Mosaic and Netscape) mentor to Mark Zuckerberg (billionaire founder of Facebook)
- Warren Buffet (billionaire financier) mentor to Donald Graham (publisher, Washington Post) and Michael Lee-Chin (CEO, AIC)
- Bobby Orr (Hall of Fame hockey player) mentor to Dr. Robert Thirsk (astronaut, physician, engineer, scientist)
- Ingmar Bergman mentor to Woody Allen
- Joe Weider mentor to Arnold Schwarzenegger
- Richard Burton mentor to Sir Anthony Hopkins
John Crosby SAYS “Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.”
The concepts mentoring and coaching are frequently cast-off interchangeably, and that is deceptive. Nonetheless comparable in their sustenance of someone’s growth, they are very dissimilar disciplines in practice.
Mentoring is a long-term relationship where the focus is on supporting the growth and development of the mentee. The mentor is a source of wisdom, teaching and support. A mentor is a sure bet in directing the protégé on a path he or she knows so well from experience. Mentors are an invaluable resource. Analysis show that with mentor’s, common mistakes in life can be avoided. In school, we always used this catch phrase. ONE WHO HAS A FATHER HAS A FEATHER TO FLY FURTHER… mentors take on the roles of fathers in building, training, disciplining a child into growth.
It has become a serious source for worry that so many youths see it as useless having a mentor in any given field they take on in life. They lack the discipline to submit to tutorship, hence they fail even before they start. Reason we have so many who has failed in their disciplines.
According to Huffington post they described the best 5 qualities a mentor should possess, this is because the task of choosing a mentor needs great care, as a mistake here equals failure all the same.
The Challenger: An person’s drive needs to come from within, but many of them also need a healthy push to heighten their sense of urgency and keep them moving forward. The Challenger’s role is to push the protégé to put in the hard work, to sweat the details that matter, to hit key milestones and to outwork his/her competition.
THE CHEER LEADER: The Cheerleader can give a protégé the motivation and energy needed to persevere.
The Educator: The Educator is someone who sees in a person the desire to learn and is willing to sit down and teach him/her when needed. From business basics to complex ideas and practices.
The Ideator: The Ideator loves to play the role of thought partner as an entrepreneur thinks critically about how to build a creative and differentiated business.
The Connector: Remember the old adage, “It’s all about who you know?” Well, it’s who you know — along with who they know, and to whom they are willing to introduce you. The Connector willingly opens up their network to help move an entrepreneur and his or her business forward. Whether it’s staking their credibility on helping find a first customer who’s willing to take a risk on an unproven entity, or making that connection to a critical hire, The Connector is one of the most valuable mentoring assets a startup can have.
Mentors are central to success, it’s important to have one in any field you venture into as it shows you’re ready to succeed. BE WELL…