In Lesson 28: Hire a Mentor, Gina says she began working with a mentor from the very beginning. I keep thinking I should do this, but I’m not exactly sure whether or not I should pursue it right now.
Taking on this project means that other things get pushed back. The mentor thing is one of them. Ideally, I’d love to work with Gina because she’s exactly where I want to be in seventeen months. I just haven’t approached her, yet.
Anyway, here’s what I learned from today’s lesson in 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success.
How Gina Did It
The most important thing in choosing a mentor is to find someone who has been through what you’re going through. Ideally, the best mentors are further ahead on the path than are you.
I thought about this when I first came across Gina’s interview in August. Honestly, I wondered if she’d be willing to teach me. In a way, she has. This course has taught me more in 3 weeks than any of my research has.
Gina found someone who she wanted to be like and asked her to mentor her. At first, her mentor did it at no charge – with the understanding that Gina would pay her as soon as she could. She initiated it via email and before they both knew it, they were talking regularly.
One day, when I’m as successful as she is, I’ll also offer coaching services similar to Gina’s. For now, I’ll move forward on that in early December. I plan to focus more on pitching and growing my business beginning then.
I think about how far I’ve come in 25 days and I wonder how much further Gina’s help could take me. It’s very exciting!
When choosing a mentor remember to choose someone who has a proven successful track record. By choosing someone further along than you are, you can learn from their mistakes and avoid tools that didn’t help.
Gina’s coaching services are an option for those who are interested in finding someone to help them. Her site is full of details about her journey. It’s a phenomenal read!