Mentors, as Wikipedia states:
“This is the source of the modern use of the word mentor: a trusted friend, counselor or teacher, usually a more experienced person.”
One of the most important lessons that I have learned, and that I try to teach, is that “The wise learn from other people’s mistakes and fools from their own.”
I would not necessarily take it that far, but I prefer to say that if you do the same thing over and get the same results, that’s insane. A “smart” person learns from their own mistakes, but a wise person learns from the mistakes of others. Pushing things to failure and not succeeding builds character and invaluable experience.
To an entreprenuer or experienced business person, helping others succeed is a way for them to continue to validate themselves as well as find potential new business ventures. Take a moment to ask successful friends of the family or hit your social network. Find a more experienced person – same industry is a plus but not necessary. There are many lessons that can be learned that are true regardless of business-type or industry. Learn to take advice at face value and evaluate it for yourself. Many larger cities have investment groups and startup “accelerators”. Do yourself a favor and go to a “pitch night” – the connections you make with like-minded people will be invaluable.