It’s easier said than done, but you must prepare yourself for the entrepreneurial journey. Most entrepreneurs start out as solopreneurs–by themselves. But at some point, you realize that the isolation will only get you so far. There are a finite number of ways you can think about something and guess what?–No one knows it all. No one.
When it gets really bad and stressful, entrepreneurs start to realize they need someone else besides themselves and they usually seek a mentor. Mentors are a great option but most don’t have a lot of time to spend with you. Our advice is to set a regularly occurring meeting with them so that they don’t forget about you–they’re busy people in high demand. Mentorship is the secret weapon for entrepreneurs. Any great entrepreneur, or leader of any kind, has had even greater mentors who have helped guide and shape their journey. You need to have various degrees of support throughout your journey and great mentors are a critical component of success. Many times people aren’t sure whether they need a mentor, a coach, or a consultant. Read this to help you figure that out quickly.
Any great entrepreneur, or leader of any kind, has had even greater mentors who have helped guide and shape their journey. Click To TweetThe key is to avoid isolating yourself. When you need help, you’ll want relationships in place already so that you can call on someone for a brief word of advice. Click To Tweet
The next best option is to surround yourself with like-minded peers. This is actually the easiest option that can fulfill your need for support the quickest. It can usually take quite some time to select a mentor and then get them to agree to meet with you regularly. Peers, on the other hand, want someone to talk to just like you do! They invite the conversation and learn from you just as you’ll learn from them. These individuals can be found at meetups (try to search for your interests), at co-working spaces, in the local coffee shop (yes, many are head down into the laptop screen but really want to meet other people), and also in online entrepreneurial forums like specific Facebook groups. We suggest joining at least one group that is local to your city so that you can meet some people in person.
The key is to avoid isolating yourself. When you need help, you’ll want relationships in place already so that you can call on someone for a brief word of advice.
Prepare yourself for the entrepreneurial journey. As commonly stated, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.