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5 reasons a mentor is a ‘must have’ for successful women

By Cathy Kuzel on May 25 2010 • Filed under The Connected Woman

Ask Mary Kay Ash or Oprah Winfrey.

Or how about Meg Whitman, former CEO of eBay?

Successful women know the importance of having a mentor.

As children, we had people we looked up to and wished we could be like them. We asked a million questions and practiced whatever it was we were trying to master – riding a bike, shooting a basket or blowing the perfect bubble with our Double Bubble gum. It’s no different now that you’re an adult. In fact, finding mentors that can help you in many different areas of your personal and professional life is the key to achieving what you want.

Choosing a mentor is one of the most important decisions you can make as an entrepreneur and business woman.  Here are some criteria that you should consider when choosing your mentor.

A mentor should be:

  • an expert within your particular field or profession
  • able to draw from a wealth of experience both personally and professionally to help you when you reach roadblocks or obstacles. 
  • an inspiration to you and the people around them
  • someone whom you admire and can trust
  • a leader in their community
  • a cheer leader!

Here are five reasons why every woman who aspires to be successful needs a mentor:

1. A mentor is not personally ‘attached’ to your business.

Because it’s OUR business and we have large sums of money, time and energy invested in it, we have a tendency to allow our emotions to affect our decisions. A mentor can be objective in their observations and offer solutions or alternatives to move us forward.

2. A mentor will hold you accountable.

When a mentor agrees to work with you, their time is just as important as yours is and they do not have the luxury of ‘wasting’ it. If you want to keep your relationship with your mentor, you will need to do what you say you will do! Not prepared? Then you’ll need to start looking for another mentor!

3. A mentor has “Been there, done that.”

A good mentor will work with you to develop action plans or strategies to keep you on track, especially when it comes to balancing work and personal life. A mentor can help you see the ‘big picture’ and assist you with setting the appropriate goals to get there.

4. A mentor is the perfect sounding board.

As you grow in your business, new ideas and opportunities will arise. As entrepreneurs, we need that ‘sounding board’ to bounce these ideas off of. A mentor can draw on his or her wealth of knowledge and experience to help you determine what will work best for you.

5. A mentor can be the difference between Good and Great.

Admit it — we’re good but we’re only one person. That age old saying “two heads are better than one” is so true when it comes to business. Ask for help, seek council from business professionals who are more experienced than you and above all, listen! There is a vast amount of knowledge and experience that you can tap into. All it takes is choosing a mentor (or two!).

And the final word…mentorship is a two-way street. You’ve got to give to get so why not be a mentor yourself? You’re smarter than you think you are and YOU can be the difference between Good-to-Great for that budding entrepreneur!

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