- Relevant experience. Experience doesn’t just mean success in your industry but your specific business goals. For example, let’s say you’re an entrepreneur with an exit strategy of selling your business for seven figures after a couple of years. Someone who is in the later stages of building their company to sell might make a good mentor, but a better mentor would be someone with several exits under their belt.
- The ability to scale up. Look for someone who’s done something on a scale you haven’t and learn everything you can.
- A holistic vision. Almost everyone feels a pull between professional and personal life. The thinking goes that you can only excel in one or the other. Find a mentor who has similar values and understands that success on the business side doesn’t mean much without success on the personal side (and vice versa). A great mentor will have a positive impact on multiple facets of your life.
- Network alignment. Now that you know how to find a great member forget about them! Kidding, but remember to look beyond the mentor themselves and look at the network they sit within or lead. Simply being top of your mentor’s mind (or even somewhere in their contact’s list) will open doors.
- Can you be their best student? If you’re going to choose a high-performing mentor, you better be ready to put in the work, ask the right questions, and become their best student. Respect their time and advice.
Great mentors won’t just fall into your lap! Go out and look for them- network, join clubs, go to your chamber of commerce, send that LinkedIn message, stake out their usual whereabouts.