The question for this week’s accelerators on the Wall Street Journal was about the pros and cons of having mentors. You can read an excerpt of my response below and the full article here.
Mentors can provide entrepreneurs with key introductions and product feedback. They can also be a deciding factor when you’re stuck on a decision. A good mentor sometimes will cheer you on when your journey gets tough. But they can also be that person who looks you in the eye and tells you the hard truth that you may not want to hear.
While they can be great, from my experience one of the few cons of having mentors is knowing when to choose to take the advice of a mentor or when to trust and follow your own gut. Also I don’t recommend having too many mentors as you could be pulled in different directions. Mentors can give you advice based on their experience, but at the end of the day you are the one who has to make the call.
You can read the full article here on the Wall Street Journal: Wayne Sutton: Your Cheerleader – and Your Harshest Critic