This year I had decided I was definitely looking for some guidance with Inteco. I need to build my acumen first. The only way I could do this is by reading widely. The more I know the more I can give Inteco. I learned my ability is limited to the knowledge I have. Secondly, I also decided I will have business mentors. More specifically mentors that would solve three bottle necks I had in the business : the market, finance and institutions.
I realized I wasted the whole of last year gaping in the dark with no direction. My mentors were to be my beacons of light that would in turn direct me to where I wanted to go. I purposefully looked for people with diverse backgrounds and expertise in the fields I need help in. It is just the beginning of my relationship with my mentors but, I am greatly benefiting from their perspective.
When starting a business it can be really frustrating. You may be putting all your efforts in something without any explicit reason therefore you end up not knowing what results you are looking for . For example, when I started to record my data I would go every day. The numbers were very depressing thus, I stopped. To make myself feel better I started going when I knew the sales had accumulated. However, I did not know I was recording trends. Even though the sales were below expectations what was the distribution of purchase throughout the week? When did people buy the most and most importantly why then instead of a different day? I could not answer these questions.
I knew I did not understand my market. I knew I had questions, the same questions I had mentioned above to answer but, I did not know how to answer them. To later realize that what I was doing was the answer to my questions. I just did not know why I was collecting data. All this was brought to my attention through one of my mentors.
Mentors see way more than you can. Getting advice and pulling strength from others does not mean you have failed. On the contrary I believe it ensures success. If it is business or personal or professional I believe you can never have too many mentors.
Until next time