Invest in Yourself, Invest in a Mentor

December 24th, 2010 by | Print

As you may be likely settling in to your solopreneur slacking until the New Year, consider this while you watch your movie marathons and hang out with the family, if you haven’t already committed to a mentor or two, the best investment you can make in 2011 for your business is to invest in a mentor (aka coach).

Within the last two months, I invested in two. Who are they?

The first is Adam Urbanski. The second is Michele Scism.

Adam is my attract clients like crazy mentor and Michele is my social media mentor.

Why did I choose to invest in mentors?

First, I have a clear idea of what I plan to achieve with my business and realize that I can try to figure it out on my own or I can get the insight into the unknown and bypass a number of obstacles by following the advice of someone who has “been there, done that”. Now my clear idea is even clearer and I can replace pockets of procrastination and feelings of frustration with consistent action that produces better results.

Second, when you invest, you make a commitment beyond simply being interested in what a mentor has to say. Think about it. If you invest your money into anything … real estate, a portfolio of stocks, a business … you want the best return possible on your investment. While it’s nice to have a mentor that is willing to give you some time to share advice for free, you will be more motivated to pay attention and take action in following the advice of the mentor that you paid.

Third, if you find a strong mentor, chances are that they are mentoring other people in a group setting. This is an excellent opportunity to network with dedicated people who can become potential mastermind or joint venture partners. You may have heard the old saying (paraphrasing here), “You are the sum average of the 5 people that you spend the most time with.” And since solopreneurs can fall into the trap of being solitary people, it’s important to get out there and network with other talented, motivated people. Why not start with people that have proven their dedication by investing in a mentor?

While it may take some time to find a quality mentor or two, once you do, it is one of the best investments you can make in supercharging your solopreneur startup.

And I believe in giving credit where credit is due. So thank you, Adam and Michele.

Give your solopreneur business the best holiday gift possible. Invest in a mentor.

Happy Holidays,

Doug Dolan
The Solopreneur’s Guide


2 Responses to “Invest in Yourself, Invest in a Mentor”

  1. Michele Scism Says:

    Hey Doug, Thank you so much for mentioning me in this post. It has been so great to get to work with you and I know that 2011 is going to be phenomenal for you and your business. I love when you said “my clear idea is even clearer and I can replace pockets of procrastination and feelings of frustration with consistent action that produces better results”. That is truly how I feel about working with my mentors. You know me – results, results, results. LOL Thanks again, Michele

  2. Douglas Dolan Says:

    Michele: You deserve the mention! You provide quality information in a great format and have a great care for your students’ success. – Doug

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