It is now well established that to accelerate your career trajectory a mentor is important and needed. If you have any doubts about the value of mentoring, here is the story of three business legends that are very open about the value of a good mentor.

Read on to see why your career needs a mentor.

“If you ask any successful businessperson, they will always (say they) have had a great mentor at some point along the road.” – Richard Branson

Mark Zuckerberg – Founder and CEO of Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg needs no introduction. He has a net worth of $33.3 billion and is the CEO and founder of Facebook. He cites business legend Steve Jobs as his mentor and inspiration. In an interview he said, “He was amazing. I had a lot of questions for him.” He described how Jobs gave him advice on how to build a team that was as focused as Zuckerberg on building “high quality and good things”.

The respect Zuckerberg has for Jobs can be summed up on the last Facebook post he wrote to his mentor. “Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world.”

Bill Gates – The Richest Man on the Planet

The richest man in the world often cites Warren Buffet as the man who gave him guidance when he needed it. Gates, who founded Microsoft after dropping out of Harvard, said that Buffet taught him how to deal with tough situations and to think in the long term. Perhaps most importantly, Buffet showed Gates that he had a “desire to teach things that are complex and put them in a simple form, so that people can understand and get the benefit of all his experience.”

Buffet has a lot of time for Bill Gates. He said, “What I really most admire about Bill is the view he has about what he should do with the wealth he’s accumulated…he knows he’s a beneficiary of a terrific society.”

Richard Branson – Founder Virgin Group

The founder of the Virgin group not only realised the importance of mentoring but he recognised the need to put his ego on the back burner. When launching his airline he tapped the knowledge of Sir Freddie Laker, a former airline founder himself.

He said in The Sun newspaper, “It’s always good to have a helping hand at the start. I wouldn’t have got anywhere in the airline industry without the mentorship of Sir Freddie Laker.”

He added, “Understandably there’s a lot of ego, nervous energy and parental pride involved, especially with one- or two-person start-ups…Going it alone is an admirable, but foolhardy and highly flawed approach to taking on the world.”




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