You may be wondering when and how to choose mentor to help you navigate the journey from a career in corporate or government into your new role as an entrepreneur. For me, the right time was after attending a series of seminars that helped me gain my footing in my new journey. For those with less professional experience, it may be sooner. The most successful entrepreneurs and leaders I have known look at mentoring as a career-long engagement. Those who are most self aware realize that, just when you think you know it all, you find yourself back at the beginning.
It is important to understand that a mentoring relationship(s) is not the same for everyone — and not every mentor is right for you. I recently shared my thoughts on the importance of mentors with Ann Arbor SPARK as part of their series on mentoring. If you do decide to pursue a mentor relationship, it is essential to first take time to think through your expectations of not only the mentor, but yourself. Are you ready to receive feedback that I may not like, and take action on it?" If not, then you might want to think twice and instead seek out a coach or advisor.