This is a guest post by Ruan Oosthuizen.
When you start out as a new blogger, chances are you are very unfamiliar with the online world and what goes on behind the scenes. Even if you’ve been online for some time, as you become more involved you will discover that quite a different side to things exists than you’re aware of when you just read other people’s blogs and articles.
Often at times starting as a new blogger, you have a gazillion ideas that you wish you could get out there all at once. Don’t we all feel like that when we have a new idea? We feel like “gosh, the world is going to love this!” but after you’ve been out there for a while putting some of the ‘great’ ideas you had out there, you find out that maybe you were a little optimistic and maybe not everyone thought that was such a great idea.
The hard and sad truth is it might be a very good idea. It might even be a brilliant idea but the way in which you have put it out there may have not been as effective as it could have been…
Just like the above example, likewise are there many other aspects of blogging and being an online entrepreneur that may seem like an easy task when you look at it from the outside “world-view” but in reality it is quite a bit more complicated than it looks and well, unfortunately sometimes we learn this truth the hard way.
There is another option though…
Having a mentor might be your answer. There are some people whom have gone through exactly what you might be going through right now.
The good news for you is that many of them don’t expect you to go through all these alone and are putting priceless hours and investment of their time out there available for you to capitalize on.
They are willing to take your hand and show you the obstacles to watch out for, the kind of opportunities to grab with whatever you can and the tools to use that are the driving force behind their own personal success.
Below I will share with you quite valid and valuable reasons why having a mentor will shorten your journey to online success.
A good mentor is a person that has some good experience doing what you want to be doing and they are actually at the point where you want to get to.
A good mentor also has the social and physical proof of their success. I mean you can’t have a person ‘mentoring’ you who has failed his first four websites and is currently busy making another bloomer out of his fifth, right?
A good mentor will share his/her experience with you, what they’ve tried, what worked for them and what haven’t. They will share how they did go about doing a certain thing, what they needed prior to getting started with it and then also what results they got.
Simply put, Having A Mentor means they will be able to share with you what they tried, what they found that works and what to stick with but more importantly what to leave alone that will only end up as invaluable time wasters.
Not only will a good mentor show you what you should be focusing on according to your individual needs and also according to your specific goals but Having A Mentor and a good one that is, means they will teach you everything they know on how to use the tools and knowledge you need to get to where you want to be.
In other words, they will empower you with knowledge and skills to help you achieve what you want to achieve.
Your mentor needs to be someone who has achieved what you’re trying to achieve, there’s no question or doubt about that. This person didn’t get to where he/she is all on his/her own and throughout their career they have met other successful people. They have made valuable connections with people that somehow somewhere probably played a role in them achieving their success.
Having a mentor with all of these other connections and influential people within their inner circles, automatically opens up the possibility for you to get access to these people and their inner circles a lot easier than you would have should you have been on this journey on your own.
The possibilities are really endless as you never know whose webinar or training call you might get invited to next week. You might be doing something of extreme value, your mentor gets mentioned or even just sees it, share it with their circles and you could get someone within their inner circles being interested in what you’ve given for all you know.
Having a mentor with all of these other connections and friends they’ve made throughout their online careers, might result in you suddenly having all of these unexpected opportunities coming your way.
You may hear of an event you might not have even known about before having a mentor with his/her connection and you making contact with them. You may get an opportunity to feature them within some content you have created and getting more exposure by them sharing what they’ve been included in with their other connections and friends.
You simply have a number of unexpected opportunities that Having A Mentor provides that could give you a push in the right direction, opportunities that would probably never have happened if there wasn’t a mentor that was the key to opening all these other doors.
5. Mentors Have Mentors
This is another truth that I’ve learnt from…one of my mentors.
Speak to most successful people, no matter their industry, online or offline and they’ll tell you, most anyway, that Having A Mentor is unavoidable and something they themselves have or still use even though they are mentors themselves.
It’s recommended all over that one of the first things you need to do as a start-up blogger is to get yourself a mentor, someone good at what they do and someone that has the physical and social proof of their success.
I am not saying you have to get yourself a mentor because everybody else does. What I am saying is get yourself a mentor because there’s nothing more valuable than learning from the best in your game. They have themselves done it and it proved to be working.
So what should you take away from this article?
Having a mentor is not always easy..
Having a mentor means you will have someone not necessarily doing everything for you. In fact that would be a bad idea as you will learn nothing at all. Plus you need to go through your own experiences and learn from your mistakes along the way. Having a mentor though will give you an added advantage above others not having one as you will have someone to ask for advice, talk to about certain ideas and of course have a knowledge base of experience and expertise right at your disposal.
Having a mentor is rewarding…
The most important things to keep in mind when you do decide to get yourself and follow the advice of a mentor is, you need to be open to criticism, prepared to implement what they teach you and also work very hard. At times they will require you to do things you think might be totally insane at that time but you need to trust their judgement as they have been there, done that.
Do you have a mentor?
Why do you think Having A Mentor might or might not be your answer? Share your thoughts with the rest of us in the comments section down below; we’d love to hear what you make out of this!