Choosing the Right Business Mentors
In recent years there have been numerous upheavals within the business world.
How do we as women's home business owners run our business successfully and profitably during uncertain times?
How do we navigate the ups and downs of business and maintain our profitability when everything around us is changing so fast?
How do we learn what is needed to be successful in our home-based business, to keep up with the changes happening rapidly in the business world?
The smartest and quickest way to create home business success is to learn from those that have gone before you!
If you follow people that have real-life experience it can save you hours of wasted time.
That may sound easy.
But where and how do you find a business mentor who is good and who you can trust?
On the internet, thousands offer advice, education, coaching, and training on how to start and run a home-based business that is successful.
How to decide who to listen to?
But equally important, how can you tell what is mere hype and what has substance?
By now you may have come across a lot of “get rich quick” offers offered by high priced internet business coaches who promise you and others large incomes for little or no effort.
Often they don't even tell you upfront what product or service you would be selling!
To sign up for one of these business opportunities can be tempting especially to a newcomer in the home-based business world.
Sadly, most often these high priced and hyped opportunities are not honest about what is required to run a home-based business successfully.
Many people lose money and what I think is even worse: they lose their hope of reaching financial independence one day, by putting their trust and money in the wrong business advisors.
Your decisions about WHO to learn from can have a dramatic impact on the future of your business!
How to Choose the Right Business Mentors
What is a “business mentor”?
I'm using this word I mean anyone you choose to spend your valuable time with to learn from them.
You may be mentored personally through one to one coaching, or you may be mentored indirectly by teachers, business team leaders, authors, experts, and business colleagues.
I've had some exciting learning experiences in my search for the right mentors.
I didn't give this much thought when I first started my home business until I stumbled on some gaps between my standards of integrity, and that of some companies and people I was working with.
This created an inner conflict.
It prevented me from feeling happy about what I was doing.
I also noticed I wasn't doing good financially too!
Ultimately I had to decide to let go of business mentors that did not match my beliefs and values.
Once I became more conscious of how vital integrity, my beliefs, and my values are in my business, I made this my number one criteria in searching for business partners or mentors.
I found my income grew as my business expanded as my values got onto the “same page” with my business choices,
In business, as in life, it is crucial to choose carefully those that you follow. The future success of your business is at stake!
What Is Most Important to You?
As one of my business mentors says … “Every cell of your body needs to be on the same page with your business” for you to succeed.
Before you go out there seeking the advice of others, take some time first to get to know what YOU want.
Ask yourself this question: “What is most important to me in my business success?
Write the answer down.
Then create a list of the most important qualities and areas of expertise that you want your mentors to have.
Be clear about you want, and you will find that it will be much easier to see it!
I discovered over time that I enjoy working with people with exceptional integrity, who inspire and empower me, who facilitate the deepening of my connection with my sense of truth, who are not afraid to be truthful and direct.
Too often I had been disappointed until I learned to be more transparent with myself and with others.
Sensing The Truth
We are all born with the truth as an inherent in the essential part of our character.
You must have noticed how children sense the truth even if your words are not saying it?
The non-verbal signals and energies of adults give them away.
Sometimes children are even better at finding at sensing the truth than adults who no longer use or trust their own natural “inner truth meter.”
Society as a whole does not yet value this innate sense of truth that we were born with, so this inner knowing is often suppressed.
We learn to ignore or override the voice of inner truth, much to our detriment.
Thankfully, we can re-activate this “truth center” with the sincere intention to discover and reclaim our inner wisdom.
There are so many benefits in all aspects of our life if we retrieve access to our inner sense of truth.
In business sensing the truth can save you money and headaches by learning how to avoid getting deceived by hype and false promises.
Finding Business Mentors You Can Trust
First, take some time to learn about the person you want work with and learn from:
- whether you hire someone for coaching
- if you wish to attend their workshop or class,
- whether you want to purchase an e-book or service, or
- join their network marketing team
Learn about their background, credentials, and experience.
For example, if you're going to learn about how to set up a successful soap making business, you'll want to find someone who has done this who can teach you how to do this.
The more closely you intend to work with someone, the more carefully you'll need to check out that person to make sure there is a good fit.
If you're going to be in a long-term coaching relationship, it is essential that you communicate with your potential business mentor, to ensure that you work well together.
Also, I encourage you also to think about the following questions.
- Do you feel inspired, empowered and uplifted from your prospective mentor's teachings?
- Do you feel more connected with your inner sense of truth from their teachings?
- Does your prospective business mentor walk their talk?
Do they practice what they preach?
Do they follow their advice, use the products they sell and embody and express the principles they are talking about?
- Does their “energy” match their words?
For example, if a coach is speaking about the importance of holding a positive attitude towards others, do you experience this positive attitude coming from them? OR do their words say one thing, but their energy conveys something else?
Before taking the advice of anyone, always ask your intuition and your inner sense of truth.
Develop a list of the qualities and expertise you need in your business mentor.
Use discernment and find business mentors of integrity and wisdom that can empower you to success.
Trust your instincts, avoid hype, and set your intention to build an online business successfully!