Have you thinking to hire a mentor?
In this article, I will tell you how I became aware of the importance of being coached every year when you are an entrepreneur (and have the ambition to make progress).
IT’S THE #1 STRATEGY THAT HAS ALLOWED ME TO SEE MY ACTIVITY, TURNOVER & IMPACT INCREASE SIGNIFICANTLY YEAR AFTER YEAR!
When I embarked on the journey of entrepreneurship a little over 4 years ago, I very quickly joined a coaching program to be mentored. I only had a tiny bit of savings to survive while trying to make “it work”, so I decided to put all the chances on my side from the start.
MY INVESTMENT SURE PAID OFF!
I started my business, had my first customers rather fast and reached the famous “break-even” (when the income we generate reimburses the initial investment) in less than 8 months.
To be perfectly honest, I never thought I’d need to get coached again! I was delighted with the progress I made thanks to this first coach, so I thought I could continue to move forward without ever needing outside help again.
Because I love to learn and progress, I enrolled in some training courses and group programs that allowed me to improve my skills while remaining in a positive momentum.
BUT THEN, I SAW THAT MY RESULTS WERE STARTING TO STALL…
For 6 months, I did not see any progress in my turnover / impact, no matter what efforts or changes I made. I wanted to be able to delegate more but I didn’t have the means (my turnover only covered my salary and taxes, period).
So I decided to hire a mentor again (by investing nearly 6000€ this time, double the sum of my first coaching program… coz yes, the higher the level, the higher the investment!).
Thanks to this coaching, I was able to discover a blockage in my relationship with money (which I could NEVER have become aware of by myself). In just a few months, my business DOUBLED in volume and I reached my “full capacity” for the first time.
TODAY, I CONTINUE WORKING WITH A PROFESSIONAL COACH EVERY YEAR.
This is why I was able to expand my team (4 freelancers working part-time for me, as of today!), be approached by prestigious media and events and even receive the “Iconic Women Creating a Better World For All” award at the Women Economic Forum in the Netherlands last March.
I even include this expense in my initial annual budget (between 8% and 10% of the turnover I’m aiming for : in other words, 5K to reach 50K, 10K to reach 100K, and so forth).
My business and impact are both growing at a rate that defies all competition (between 60% and 90% each year). In 2018, ‘Creators for Good’ will have had 8 times more impact and income than in 2014…. And I would NEVER have been able to achieve these results without support. I could have progressed by 1%, maybe 5%… but never 800% in 4 years!
- I know that sometimes we think it’s more economical to do things on our own….
- It’s tempting to think that it’s better to wait until you’re at this or that particular level before investing…
- Sometimes we’re even afraid that if we invest, we will continue to fail…
- In fact, the opposite is true: It is by investing that you have every chance of reaching this or that particular level.
MY QUESTION FOR YOU IS: “WHAT IMPACT COULD YOU HAVE A YEAR FROM NOW IF YOUR BUSINESS GREW BY 50%, 60% OR EVEN 90%?!”
If you do not make the progress you want, and/or if you have major development ambitions for next year: I would really advise you to hire a mentor.
Whether that person is me or someone else, it doesn’t matter to me: I really want impact-driven entrepreneurs to succeed… and that’s the best advice I can give :)
Before you leave this page to go hunt for the perfect mentor, make sure you grab my checklist below! This is the checklist I use myself before making each and every of my investment decisions – when it comes to hiring my mentors:
Solène is the Chief Empowerment Officer of Creators for Good.
She developed a methodology that allows Global Citizen to start and grow their own impactful businesses from anywhere in the world – and with no need for investors or government support.