5 Ways in Which a Mentor Can Help You Up Your Game
As a real estate entrepreneur, you wear a lot of hats. You delegate, manage, strategize, cheerlead, crunch numbers, sign documents, scrutinize, buy, sell, and schmooze. You also bear a lot of responsibility. The buck stops with you – sometimes with disheartening finality.
As driven, eager, and talented as you may be, you are only human. In an unpredictable, fast-paced and intense industry like real estate, it is important to have someone in your corner who can help you through the rough spots you will encounter.
A business mentor or coach can really make a difference, in five major ways.
Setting goals can be a huge challenge. Some entrepreneurs find themselves overly focused on the big picture, with no clear way to where they are going. Others find themselves mired in the day-to-day details of their business, with no real end goal in sight. A business coach can help you define or adjust your end goals, and set a series of small, reasonable, attainable goals that will put you on the path to success.
We all want to believe that we have the discipline and stamina to toe the line, no matter what. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. It is actually pretty easy to get distracted from your goals – and even sometimes your values — especially if you hit a financial or emotional rough patch, or you experience a period of doubt or insecurity.
The real estate business can be especially treacherous – there is always going to be a sweet-sounding deal that doesn’t quite fit into your long-term goals, and it is always going to be tempting to come up with reasons to take it anyway. A business coach can remind you of your goals, keep you on track, and give you a good dose of common sense when you are feeling swept away by doubt, fear.
A great deal rides on the success of your business, and you can’t help but be emotionally invested. At times, you may end up too close to problems to be able to identify them clearly, let alone find workable solutions. A business mentor won’t tell you what to do or dictate how you should solve your problems, but they will help you gain the distance, perspective, and clarity you need to solve them yourself.
Throughout your career, you will inevitably come to forks in the road. Sometimes it will be clear which path you should take, and sometimes it won’t. Not only has a business mentor been down all the roads already, he or she can take an unemotional, unbiased look at your options, and help guide you toward the choices that will benefit you personally and professionally.
A mentor can offer support in a myriad of essential ways. Whether you are looking for encouragement, a listening ear, a cheerleader, a shot of confidence, or a rallying cry, a mentor will be there to help. Real estate is a high-pressure, fast-paced industry, where decisions need to be made quickly and confidently. Just knowing someone is in your corner put your mind at ease, allowing you to be fully present with your A-game in hand, every day.