What’s the Secret Success? 10 Reasons Why You Need a Mentor

“Every great achiever is inspired by a great mentor.”
– Lailah Gifty Akita

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According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word mentor means tutor or coach. Now let’s think about that for a minute. When someone struggles in school, they get a tutor. Every athlete has a coach. But when it comes to climbing the corporate ladder, starting and growing a business, or achieving financial success many people try to go at it alone.

It’s no coincidence that some of the most successful people in history have all had mentors. A few examples are:

  • Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates was mentored by Warren Buffet.
  • Virgin Group co-founder Richard Branson was mentored by British airline entrepreneur Sir Freddie Laker.
  • Oprah Winfrey was mentored by Maya Angelou.
  • The first American woman in space, Sally Ride, was mentored by her graduate school professor, Dr Arthur Walker.
  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was mentored by Steve Jobs.

And the list goes on and on.

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Now that small list should be enough to make you start looking for a mentor, but if you still need some convincing here are 10 reasons why you need a mentor:

  1.  A mentor will understand your struggle because they’ve already gone where you’re trying to go.
  2.  A mentor can help you grow and achieve your potential.
  3.  A mentor can save you time and money because you’ll make fewer mistakes.
  4.  A mentor will hold you accountable and help you stay focused.
  5.  A mentor will give you information and knowledge that can’t be learned in a book.
  6.  A mentor will motivate you to keep working towards your goals.
  7.  A mentor can provide access to connections you don’t have.
  8.  A mentor can be a sounding board and provide you with unbiased advice.
  9.  A mentor can see your faults better than you can and will provide constructive criticism for change.
  10. A mentor is the best service you can get because they are driven by watching you succeed.

Now that you understand the importance of having a mentor, take a look at this video from Evan Carmichael that explains the 5 Ways To Find Mentors. You can also subscribe to his YouTube channel here