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Finding Mentors Can Help You Succeed in Business

They say that 70 to 80 percent of independent businesses fail within the first couple of years. Although no particular reason for this is given, chances are it is lack of experience. Just like a home with no foundation, your business cannot succeed unless you have solid knowledge to run it. Finding a business mentor or coach who has the experience behind them–a person whose business is flourishing–is exactly what you need for your business to do the same.

The Past and Present

There was a man who lived in the 16th century, one of the greatest artists and sculptors of all time. He is best known for painting the Sistine Chapel, Pieta and Madonna on the Stairs. Obviously this man is Michelangelo, and although you cannot ask him questions, or follow him through the day, he has some great advice to give. Little does anyone know, Michelangelo was a great philosopher as well. Here is some great advice from one of the most driven men of all time.

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

Michelangelo was not only talented, but intelligent as well. This quote is timeless, and he is speaking directly to you. If you truly want to succeed then you must set your standards as high as possible. Do not settle for the smallest amount of success possible. Do not settle for the least amount of experience you can get. Your Sistine Chapel awaits.

The Role of Mentors and Coaches

A number of business coaches and mentors are waiting for you to come to them. They do not know you exist, but now you know they do. Their sole purpose is to help you succeed in your business venture. They are people who have experience in running successful businesses, and their goal is to help you do the same. Although you may need to pay a fee for their services, it is well worth it in the end when your business is one of 20 percent succeeding and not failing.

The Benefits of Working With a Mentor

You must understand that mentors come in more than one form. Yes, there are mentors who have programs designed to teach you what you need to know, then there are mentors who are still running their own businesses. It is possible to work with the latter if you have the motivation, confidence and drive to put yourself out there and ask for their help.

Mentors, no matter what form they take, will teach you how to develop and run your business. This is what you will see. You will learn how to market and advertise your company, and learn the best strategies for your business depending on the type of business you have. A mentor is going to tell you about the mistakes they made, how they turned themselves around and how they made it work for them.

This person is also going to help you cut back on start-up costs so you will have a chance at making a profit the first year. This is why it is so important to take the time to find someone–someone who is successful–to follow and heed their advice. Success is contagious; it rubs off on you once you know the secrets to it.

Learn From The Greatest Minds on the Planet

Finally you have the privilege to learn from some of the best minds that have ever lived. Ever month you can pick up a book and gain knowledge from people who have failed, got fired, lost all they had, and became a success despite their set backs. You can read profiles of the most successful business people in the world.

Readers are Leaders. Commit to 30 minutes a day of reading and you will be successful. John C. Maxwell said,”There is absolutely no way to increase your income quicker than reading 30 minutes a day.” You can determined your future by what you are reading. Invest $20.00 per month for a new book and you can have a new mentor to learn from 12 times a year.

There is one more point for you to consider. If you find and follow the big dipper then you know where north is. Once you know this, you are no longer lost… you can travel in any direction you choose. The same is true for mentoring. The mentor is the constellation you need to help you find your way. Once you have this knowledge, your abilities are limitless.