George Lucas in an episode of star wars said “Mentors have a way of seeing more of our faults than we would like. It's the only way we grow”. If you had the opportunity of discussing with a successful business person, you’ll most likely get to know how beneficial having a mentor in the course of growing their business was to them.
For clarification, a mentor is a person who offers their knowledge, wisdom, and advice to another with less experience. As a young person, you need some form of mentorship to truly develop every areas of your life and you most especially need one if you’re going into business. According to Ernest Agyemang Yeboah, “Real mentoring is less of neither the candid smile nor the amicable friendship that exists between the mentor and the mentee and much more of the impacts. The indelible great footprints the mentor live on the mind of the mentee in a life changing way. How the mentor changes the mentee from ordinariness to extra-ordinariness; the seed of purposefulness that is planted and nurtured for great fruits; the payer from afar from the mentor to the mentee; and the great inspirations the mentee takes from the mentor to dare unrelentingly to face the storms regardless of how arduous the errand may be with or without the presence of the mentor.”
No matter how smart or brilliant you think you are, or how incredibly ingenious your business idea might be, every budding business person need at least one really good mentor. You will most likely experience roadblocks you never anticipated and unless you have a seasoned hand directing you, you might break under the weight of the pressure such would put on you. There will definitely be moments where you don’t see eye to eye with your mentor and times when some of their suggestions or approach might cause a dent in your pride, however, it will do you a great favour to calm down, keep your ego in check and consider things from their perspective especially because they are riding on years of experience and have seen more successes and failures than they care to admit.
Before considering looking for a mentor, you should highlight what benefits it’ll be to you and your business, after which you examine the field you’re launching from and look for a mentor with experience along that line so that you can be assured of getting proper advice fit for your business.