How did you start Mentoring/Providing Business Support?
I exited my business a few years ago, and I was drawn to ‘pro-active angel investment’, i.e. providing money and advice where needed in growing businesses. I was drawn to the idea of supporting entrepreneurs who were once like me starting out in their first business.
What is it that you (LOVE) about Mentoring?
The mentoring I do provides reflection on my own business activities and personal development. The act of being someone else’s sounding board is a continual monitor on my own business issues which I discuss with my business partners. So in a very real way helping others keeps me on my toes, as well as the satisfaction from making a difference to an ambitious growing company.
Most Frequent piece of Advice
Try to see the world from both a ‘jar half full’ point of view and then a ‘jar half empty’ point of view. This is not about being an optimist or pessimist, it’s really about having a rounded judgement of things going well or badly, backing each viewpoint with data, and then making the best decisions.
What would you say to someone thinking about becoming a Mentor?
Assistance and interference are the same thing in different situations. Make sure that you’re doing it for the right reasons and the personal chemistry is right.
Thank you Dan!