Every entrepreneur begins from square one at some point. They know they want to be an entrepreneur and they don’t want to continue working for someone else. Around the same time, each person comes up with an idea. This idea is the foundation on which their company will be founded and how they plan to make money.
Once they get past square one, there are many different perspectives on what the entrepreneur should try to acquire next. Should they chase capital? A good business plan? Partners? Products? Customers? You get the point.
The most important entrepreneurial resource is almost always overlooked in the beginning. Get a proven mentor or team of mentors!! Doesn’t it make sense to have people that you can talk to about the situation that you are going through? These people have been there before and they have learned many lessons the hard way. Having a mentor that you trust is essential to success in any entrepreneurial endeavor. They can save you time, money, and other resources. If you are able to find good mentors, they will even be able to help you grow your business in a sustainable way, on top of preventing mistakes.
Most people think of great entrepreneurs as lone wolves who accomplished their dreams by themselves. This could not be more untrue. From Bill Gates and Steve Jobs to Warren Buffet and Donald Trump, each had a mentor or two along the way. If this approach is good enough for some of the most successful men in history, shouldn’t it be good enough for you?
Have you used this approach before? If so, what was your experience? How was it successful? Share your experiences below!