Griff gave an overview of today’s show and introduced the eBay Radio News with Lee Mirabal. Stories include the Mets (pitcher Matt Harvey’s eBay for Charity auctions); mentors (as per Katie Hammel’s eBay for Business article) and Mexico (a stolen item surfaces on eBay). Lee reminded listeners to register ASAP for eBay Open (July 24-26 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas) at eBayOpen.com.
I just read a post by Katie Hammel in eBay for Business, “Why Every Entrepreneur needs a Mentor — and How to Find One”. It’s an excellent article. Chances are you’ve been a mentor in your own life, starting with your children or younger family members or friends.
I’ve learned a lot since I’ve been doing eBay Radio, both from Griff and from just about every eBay seller I’ve come to know. Successful people never stop learning, and even mentors have mentors.
I owe my success to many mentors in my career and in my life. I chose them for different goals I wanted to achieve. Some mentors follow special rules for mentoring; this can be a good way to go. I’ve also used the old-fashioned method: Keep your ears open and your brain engaged.
Do you have any mentors? I mean REAL mentors? I often ask an entrepreneur who their mentors are, and they invariably mention famous people who have written books or developed a cult-like following. But the real deal is someone to whom you can go with questions about your challenges; someone who will be there for you when you’re stuck; someone who (and this is the most important thing) knows you and your business. Sometimes business owners think they know it all, or they think it is showing weakness if they don’t know everything there is to know. Stop this behavior. Look for people in your seller community who are willing to give you some time and advice. This is how you’ll truly succeed.