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If your objective is to grow your business or just to improve the way that your business functions, you should find yourself a mentor. Mentoring offers business owners the chance to learn from seasoned business owners or entrepreneurs on a regular basis. There is a popular misconception that mentors are only for young, inexperienced business people or startups. It is no coincidence that most top billionaires with high performing businesses have mentors. I have listed below 5 very successful people who currently have or have had mentors.
Top Billionaires with Mentors
1. Bill Gates
The co- founder and former CEO of Microsoft, the world’s largest personal computer software company has Warren Buffett as his mentor. Warren Buffet* is one of most successful stock market investors in history.
2. Oprah Winfrey
The former host of the Oprah Winfrey Show, CEO of Harpo Productions, CEO of the Oprah Winfrey Network, noted philanthropist and currently North America’s only black billionaire has a mentor. Her mentor is Maya Angelou, the author and poet.
3. Sir Richard Branson
The founder of the Virgin Group that has now grown to over 400 companies, one of the UK’s richest citizens, humanitarian and philanthropist had a mentor. His mentor was the late Sir Freddie Laker, CEO of Laker Airways.
4. Mark Zuckerberg
The co-founder of Facebook, the largest social networking website and current CEO was mentored by Steve Jobs* who advised him to build high-quality teams and maintain a sharp focus on Facebook’s products.
5. Sara Blakely
The founder of Spanx, a multi million dollar underwear garment company and currently the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire has a mentor. Her mentor is Sir Richard Branson. Bill Gates is also advising Sara on philanthropy after she joined the Giving Pledge.
There is a direct correlation between these billionaires having a mentor or having had a mentor in the cases of Sir Richard Branson & Mark Zuckerberg and then going onto achieve amazing levels of success. Even if you don’t aspire to be a billionaire it is very likely that you would benefit from having a mentor. If you don’t have one it is our recommendation that you look for one within your network. You could also try here.
If you like this post you will also like, Mentoring for Young Entrepreneurs : Do you Want a Mentor?
Also, you should read this post, 10 Golden Rules For Entrepreneurs
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* Warren Buffett also had a mentor. His mentor was Ben Graham who was an economist.
* Steve Jobs himself had many mentors. More on that here.
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