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Think about why you seek advice. Establish the goals you expect to achieve by talking to a mentor. Pick the top 3-5 challenges or opportunities that your business faces. Prioritize them in order, from the greatest to least impact on your business success.
Make time to meet with a business mentor. It’s not always easy to find time to meet with a mentor while running your own business. In order to get help, though, you will need to commit some of your time and energy to meeting with your mentor. You’ll be glad you did and you’ll feel energized after you meet with him or her.
Find the right mentor for you. Look for someone who has accomplished goals that might be similar to your own. Your mentor should be someone who can provide the time and energy to help you achieve your objectives. Peers can make terrific mentors too.
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Entrepreneurs in every stage of business development manage multiple tasks and issues to move their business forward. Be sure to seek guidance from multiple sources. Make sure you talk to the right person who can help you with your success strategies.
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