Entrepreneurship Doesn't Mean That You Go At It Alone

by Arturo F Munoz
(San Francisco Bay Area)

business mentor charlie brownThe need for mentorship in business is not insignificant. Too many people – too many young and old – receive zero education and training in either launching or running a business.

And yet, when it's time to make a living, it is to a business of one sort or another that they run to start making the living.

How in God's name can they help a business operate well if they have no understanding of how a business operates?

Without a doubt this is one reason why so many people remain unemployed for so long once they lose their job. They know not how to pitch a valuable business proposition to a business.

Alternatively for those who want to start a business of their own, the information on how to run a business operation is even more crucial.

They are the adventurers who put everything on the line to exploit a market opportunity. These entrepreneurs could lose it all, if they misfire, sending them and their employees into the chasm of unemployment.

This is why business mentors are so very significant.

Just like a career adviser who should have ample experience in managing a personal career is able to share insights with a new entrant to the job market, so can an experienced business owner share sound advise with new entrepreneurs on how to launch and keep a business alive.

One of the key services that a business mentor can provide to a new entrepreneur is to help focus the mind on what is truly critical for not only the survival but for the advancement of the new business.

Plans must degenerate into work. But it is only too easy to get caught up in the daily grind of work and lose track of what the main objectives of a plan were.

Without periodic evaluation, it's only too easy to end up at the place that the work would naturally take you or, as an old Chinese proverb has it, "If you do not change direction, you will end up where you are going." And that place where you end up may not have been in your plan.

Even though you may start a business on your own (and you can decide this on a moments notice, literally overnight!), you will never really be in it alone.

So remember that in the multitude of counselors there is safety.

Seek out and find a good mentor.

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