Out Accept Advice. These two words can be very scary for many people. They can also prove to be detrimental to others.
When you counsel people regularly you encounter people who know they need help, but have been scorned by bad advice, which in turn, means they don’t want advice. You also encounter people who want to take advice from any and everyone, which is not helpful if those providing the advise have no experience with what you need help with. Finally, you encounter people who listen, but take little to no action. Those people are the ones that claim they want results, but they tens to blame the advisor for the lack of results, when it’s really their fault for not following through.
So, now that we know the issues, Here are three types of people you should take advise from.
1. THE EXPERIENCED
Someone who has done exactly what you are trying to do. These people have already done the leg work for you. They know the pitfalls and have the connections that can make your path easier. The experienced may not always want to share, but you can always ask. Just know what with experience comes a fee. However, that fee is a small expense in return for the investment of time that you will save.
2. THE WISE
There are plenty of people who don’t necessarily know every detail about what you want to accomplish, but they do have an understanding of how business works. The actual principles do not really change that much, but the technology does. No matter what, there are basic that need to be applied to business and The Wise are typically relationship driven people that navigate easily because of the trust they have built over time.
3. THE FOCUSED
Having a target in mind with and end goal is a skill. It is very easy to get distracted, but the focused do not want to hear about all the bells and whistles. They want to make sure the task to achieve the goal is completed. These people will sacrifice comfort to ensure completion. Having a person like this in your arsenal will always be a gut check that minimizes distraction.
4. THE SUPPORTER
When you are starting a business you need someone you can bounce ideas off of. This person wants to see you succeed and they will listen and provide suggestions. They do not need to have experience with the type of business you want to do, but they are your litmus test for the general public. The Supporter knows what they like and provides the feel good fuzzies you need. In addition, The Supporter needs to tell you when he/she does not like something and provide alternatives to make your product or service better.
Starting a business can be scary, but finding the right mix of advisors/mentors will only enhance your business. The end goal is for you to have a viable business. If you found this to be helpful please share it, like, and comment.