Even Richard Branson Needs A Mentor

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JAN 19, 2016 | www.forbes.com | Brian Scudamore

Classrooms and books have never really been my thing – I dropped out of high school and never pursued an MBA. While I didn’t finish a formal education, I’ve learned so much more by talking to established entrepreneurs and by running a business than by going to business school. For me, real-life experiences and building relationships have been more valuable than a degree.

Of course, I’m not alone in believing in the power of mentorship. The greatest business and tech minds of our generation have turned to mentors for guidance. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Larry Page relied on the wisdom of Steve Jobs. In turn, Jobs had Nolan Key Bushnell, founder of Atari, among dozens of other mentors throughout his career.

If your resolution for 2016 is to take the next step as an entrepreneur or take your company to the next level, developing mentor relationships should be a priority. While it’s hard to prove the ROI of mentorship (although it can increase revenue by 83%), I know that my business wouldn’t be half of what it is without Entreprenenurs’ Organization. The benefits of tapping a great business mind are obvious: you get instant access to someone who’s “been there and done that” and who can offer hard-earned insights from the frontlines.

Here are four key tips I’ve compiled over the years for finding great business mentors and making the most of those relationships:

Tip 1: Don’t just stick to one mentor – build a network of hundreds of experts

Tip 2: Approach your potential mentor with confidence

Tip 3: Don’t ask for the world … and you might be surprised what you get

Tip 4: The best mentorship relationships evolve into a give and take

Click here to read more in depth about Brian’s Four Tips.



Rob Mallery
VP of Talent, Originate

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Rob Mallery is the VP of Talent at the SF-based Software Development/Venture Firm, Originate.   He brings over 15 years experience as a recruiting expert and entrepreneur within the startup and technology world.  For the past 6 years he has helped build an exceptional team of engineers, designers, and product experts at Originate and helped open offices in LA, NYC, Las Vegas, and Orange County.

Rob graduated with a Biology degree from UNLV in 1999 and is happy to be back in Las Vegas to help build the local technical and startup ecosystem.


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